Rick Scott stops the rain in South Tampa

Scott refused to answer what the first thing he'd do tomorrow if he's victorious tonight, saying he was concerned about getting an acceptance speech prepared.    However he later said that he had a 100-day plan already prepared that included his "7-7-7" plan to provide 700,000 jobs to Florida in 7 years.  "Tort reform, education reform, we're going to make this the best place for our kids, and make sure we get Citizens Insurance fixed."

CL asked Scott if he's feeling confident based upon today's story in the St. Pete Times/Miami Herald that says that, based on their extrapolations from early voting (where 271,000 more registered Republicans over registered Democrats have already cast a ballot), what did he think about the fact that was possibly already up 100,000 votes?

"I'm very optimistic, but the key is to get the vote out." He then said that he spent time recently with South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune, who lost his 2002 race for Senate against Democrat Tim Johnson by just 524 votes.  "He thought he was going to win..and people told him, 'I thought you were going to win, so I didn't vote.' I want everybody to get out to vote."

Also caught in the rain before Scott appeared were Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi, and County Commission candidates Mark Sharpe and Sandy Murman.

After the driest month of October in Tampa on record, the rains have descended upon parts of the Tampa Bay area with force on Election Day, threatening to depress Democratic turnout even further.

But Republicans have always been a much heartier bunch when it comes to expressing their franchise, and dozens of them stood in the rain early this afternoon waiting for Rick Scott to make a quick campaign appearance in front of the Bel Mar Presbyterian Church in South Tampa this afternoon.

But what can only be interpreted as a good omen for the GOP candidate, those hard rains took a short break right when Scott stepped out of his car and on to Manhattan Avenue to greet well wishers.

Scott is campaigning to the max.  He arrived from  Jacksonville, after voting this morning in his hometown of Naples.  said he's had 46 events in the last six days, all across the state.

CL asked Scott if he thought campaigning with Time cover boy Marco Rubio over the weekend(actually he shares the cover with Christine O'Donnell, Meg Whitman and Rand Paul), would help boost his chances.  Scott replied that basically everybody running as a Republican this year is "great," adding that "all across the state all our Congressional candidates are awesome."


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