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CAMPAIGN 2012

In Florida Debate, Romney Morphs from Prey into Hunter

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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stand on stage before a Republican Presidential debate Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Republican field mostly used Monday night's NBC/National Journal/Tampa Bay Times debate as an opportunity to catch its breath after the breakneck race to the tape in South Carolina last weekend. Following last Thursday's emotionally explosive debate in Charleston, the candidates were much more sedate on Monday. The major confrontations before Florida's primary next Tuesday seem to be still ahead of us -- but the debate captured some important shifts in the dynamics among the candidates. Here are five of them:

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