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Some Florida Republicans seeking Third-Party option

By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau

9:02 a.m. EST, February 6, 2012
In the wake of the fractious Florida Republican primary, some disgruntled conservatives are thinking about sitting out the general election or turning to a third-party candidate.

Their yearning for another choice reflects disgust with both major parties and could spell trouble for Republican attempts to unite behind their nominee to defeat President Barack Obama. Last week's primary — while propelling Mitt Romney toward the Republican nomination — exposed divisions within his party that will be hard to heal.

"The Republicans and Democrats are the ones who got us into this mess in the first place," said Martin Nebojsic, a Republican in Fort Lauderdale who voted for former Sen. Rick Santorum in the primary but would "absolutely" consider a third-party nominee.

"I'm not voting by party," he said, reflecting the views of many voters. "I'm trying to vote for the best leader. I hope the rest of America wakes up and does the same."


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