Battle For Cuban-American Hearts and Minds
Mitt Romney has been making an aggressive play for the Cuban vote in a state where they represent a pivotal part of the Florida Republican electorate. He's won the support of the Diaz-Balart brothers, former Sen. Mel Martinez, and much of the Cuban-American establishment in the state.
But it's Gingrich's hawkish message on Cuba - saying Fidel Castro will be going to hell, support for an aggressive overthrow of the regime, and call for a Cuban Spring-- that has the potential to win over voters in the community.
In 2008, Romney did not do well in Miami-Dade County, with the state's largest concentration of Cuban-Americans. He won just 16 percent of the Florida vote in the county -- well below the 31 percent he carried statewide. And he's been taking a relatively hard line on illegal immigration, which could be a turn-off to the Cuban-American community.