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Debate Takeaways: Gingrich Loses Groove, Romney Gains Ground Debate Takeaways: Gingrich Loses Groove, Romney Gains Ground

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Debate Takeaways: Gingrich Loses Groove, Romney Gains Ground


Republican presidential candidates, from left to right: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; participate in the Republican presidential candidates debate in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

MIAMI -- The takeaways took to the road for the latest Republican presidential debate. We watched along with a large crowd at the Hispanic Leadership Network, a Republican Hispanic group meeting here this week that co-sponsored the session. The crowd started raucous and engaged, but dwindled over the course of the two hours as the debate drifted in its final stages. But before the debate lost momentum, it left some clear impressions. Here are five:

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