By Sam Youngman and Steve Holland
HIALEAH, Florida — Republican Newt Gingrich struggled to halt surging rival Mitt Romney’s momentum on Sunday, accusing him of launching false attacks as polls showed Romney widening his lead two days before Florida’s presidential primary.
Romney, who has battered Gingrich in a flood of television ads and two debates in Florida last week, opened a double-digit lead over the former House of Representatives speaker in four polls released on Sunday.
Gingrich said the race was closer in Florida than the polls indicated and vowed to fight on beyond Tuesday’s vote. Conservatives eventually would rally behind his candidacy and block Romney’s nomination, he said.
“I believe the Republican Party will not nominate a pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase moderate from Massachusetts,” Gingrich said after attending a Baptist church in Lutz, Florida.
“They will not nominate somebody who raises millions from Wall Street to run…
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