(Florida) UCS News: The Republican primary turned into another third-place showing for Rudy Giuliani the former New York Mayor fighting two candidates running for history.
But it didn’t change his mind to stay in the presidential race.
Giuliani, a 54-year-old former Mayor, said his campaign would continue through the 22 states that hold primaries on Feb. 5, to give voice to those who need health care, who are jobless, who are hungry, and who are struggling to pay college bills.
“Now the three of us move forward to Feb. 5 where millions of Americans will cast their ballots and help shape the future of America,” Giuliani told several hundred supporters at Jillian’s, a sports bar in downtown Gainsville.
With more than 99 percent of the vote counted, Giuliani received 18 percent, compared with 35 percent for Sen. McCain and 34 percent for Mitt Romney, according to unofficial returns.
Still, campaign strategists said Giuliani had enough money — including $3 million from the Internet alone this month — to keep going.
“There are a lot of people who we are the voice for,” said Joe Trippi, Giuliani’s chief strategist. Giuliani ran a vigorous campaign in Florida, with TV ads, extra staff and time spent crisscrossing the state in his campaign bus.