Romney Works to Build Momentum in Florida, a State Critical to Victory
Seeking to capitalize on his commanding debate performance last week, Mitt Romney tried to turn the enthusiasm of large crowds during a three-day visit to Florida into momentum to carry a state that, by all accounts, is crucial to his path to the White House.
His effort to capture a state that President Obama won in 2008 came on a day when the usual pattern of the race was reversed: while Mr. Romney has been criticized by some Republicans for spending too much time raising money off the trail, he was the one on the multiple-day campaign swing this time, with Mr. Obama starting a fund-raising jaunt through California.
“It may be a little cloudy today, but the sunshine is coming through, guys,” Mr. Romney told more than 10,000 supporters in a light rain here on Sunday.
All three of his rallies, beginning on Friday in St. Petersburg, were in counties that Mr. Obama won in 2008. Those contributed to his victory over Senator John McCain by three percentage points, a landslide in Florida terms.
“We’re playing on their side of the 50-yard line,” said Rich Beeson, Mr. Romney’s political director. “We’ve got to ratchet up Republican voters, but we’ve also got to get people who voted for the president in 2008.”
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