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Romney reflects on election and how early returns in Florida were a bad sign

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Mitt Romney on Fox News Sunday said he felt his hopes fading when early returns came in from Florida.

"The exit polls came out first, and, suggested that it was going to be very close in Florida and we thought we'd win solidly in Florida and it was increasingly clear that this was going to be with the best case scenario, a long night," Romney said.

CHRIS WALLACE: "When did you know you had lost the presidential?"

ROMNEY: "It was a slow recognition, until ultimately, when the Ohio numbers began coming in and they were disappointing. I said, look, this looks like we have lost. Wasn't certain. Some people said, oh, look, if this number here comes in, you could win, but, you know, by 8:00 or 9:00, it was pretty clear that we were not going to win."

WALLACE: "Why do you think he lost?"

ANN ROMNEY: "I think they had a better ground game. And I think we were not aware -- you know, we certainly had the passion coming from our side, and I don't think we were as aware of the passion that was coming from the other side. I think we were a little blindsided by that."

Transcript here.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 3, 2013 3:43pm]

    

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