After addressing the Republican National Hispanic Assembly national convention in Tampa yesterday, Governor Romney had a grand opening to attend… It was the official opening of his campaign headquarters in Tampa, Florida.
And, grand it was!
In Florida, Romney Looks To Outshine His Rivals
“This is just a state that’s like the whole country,” said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “I love Florida, love being here, love the people of this state, in part because you understand what makes America, America.”
So far, Florida is returning his affection. He leads Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican candidates in the polls here, in part because he has been here a lot and built a good organization.
The former Massachusetts governor was in the Sunshine State on Friday, meeting with supporters at his new campaign office near downtown Tampa.
Four years ago, Florida played an important part in the Republican contest — it held an early primary that violated party rules. Even so, John McCain ran here and won, a victory that sealed his comeback and set the stage for his nomination.
Romney is hoping Florida can play that same role in his campaign. Indeed, this year the state is likely to play a key part in the GOP nominating process. State officials say they plan to hold an early primary — one that may jump ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6.
And to do well here, Romney has to do well with one of the nation’s fastest-growing groups — Hispanics.
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