(APNEWS.MYWAY) — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Looking for a convincing win, a confident Mitt Romney said Monday the Florida primary is breaking his way and urged voters to send Newt Gingrich “to the moon.”

Gingrich claimed he’s gaining ground and will stay in the race until summer.

“You can sense that it’s coming our way,” Romney told reporters. The former Massachusetts governor was already looking ahead, making plans to stop in Minnesota on his way to Nevada on Wednesday, the day after Florida votes.

A day before the voting, Romney ridiculed Gingrich, his chief rival here: “Send him to the moon,” Romney said at a rally early Monday, repeating an audience member’s comment and using it to poke fun at Gingrich’s claim to build a moon colony as president. Romney also scoffed at “the idea of the moon as the 51st state” as “not one that’s come to my mind.”

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