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THUMBS UP: With the Florida presidential primary a little more than a week away, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican presidential candidate, greets supporter Diana Byther of Largo, Fla., after his campaign stop on Monday at the River at Tampa Bay Church in Tampa, Fla. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

THUMBS UP: With the Florida presidential primary a little more than a week away, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican presidential candidate, greets supporter Diana Byther of Largo, Fla., after his campaign stop on Monday at the River at Tampa Bay Church in Tampa, Fla. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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