Mitt Romney reportedly plans to have the GOP nomination sewn up before February of next year.
The St. Petersberg Times says Romney spoke at a private club in Florida, where he told the audience a Tea Party candidate would win Iowa, then he would win New Hampshire and wrap up the nomination by winning Florida.
Romney said after airing ads in Iowa for nearly an entire year during the 2008 campaign, he has not run any spots to date. Romney told the crowd his campaign calculus was that he could spend nothing and come in fourth or spend a bit and finish second or third. He guessed that Republicans could split the first three events, which would make Florida particularly important.
Romney also looked ahead to a general election campaign against President Barack Obama, predicting that the former Massachusetts governor could win the general election if he caputures Florida, Ohio and Michigan.