Romney: Heart Told Him He’d Win, Until He Saw Fla.

WASHINGTON (AP) -

Mitt Romney says his heart said he would win the presidency, but when early results came in on election night, he knew it was not to be.

The GOP nominee told Fox News that he knew his campaign was in trouble when exit polls suggested a close race in Florida. Romney thought he’d win the state solidly.

President Barack Obama ended up taking Florida and won the election by a wide margin in the electoral vote.

Romney says there was “a slow recognition” at that time that Obama would win — and the race soon was over when Obama carried Ohio.

Romney says the loss hit hard and was emotional. Ann Romney says she cried.

The former Massachusetts governor acknowledges mistakes in the campaign and flaws in his candidacy.

But he jokes that he did better in his second run for the White House than he did the first time around — when he lost the 2008 nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain.

He says he won’t get a third crack at it.

Romney says his campaign failed in connecting with minority voters, and Republicans must do a better job in appealing to African-Americans and Hispanics.