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11:28 AM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Mitt Romney made his second trip to Jacksonville since the Republican National Convention.

"Florida is important. You don't win the white house without winning Florida," said Lenny Curry.

Curry is the Florida Republican Party chairman and was the with Romney campaign at every stop it made.

The Republican hopeful made his first stop at a rally held at his Mandarin Victory office. But in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya the rally took a somber mood.

"This attack on Americans is outrageous. It is disgusting and it breaks the heart of all of us," said Romney.

From the rally, Romney and his entourage moved to a closed fundraising event at the Hyatt hotel. Supporters donated from $2,500 to $10,000 to be with the candidate.

"If you're going to win Florida, you have to be on television. This is how we compete against Obama," said Curry.

Curry said the event was successful, and we can expect to see more visits from the Romney campaign until November.

"You don't win the White House without winning Florida," said Curry, "and you don't win Florida without winning Duval county by a large margin."

Ward Blakely and his wife attended the fundraising event, he believes the country needs Romney.

"These folks are voting with their wallets to take the message to the unconverted," he said.

Rick Pate is a Romney supporter. Pate was there to perform the National Anthem.

"I think it is extremely important to get the American people fired up about voting in this November election," he said.

Pate said he is so convinced that he was there during his lunch hour from work.

Curry said about 200 attended the fundraising event, but expect to see more events as we get closer to the November election.

First Coast News

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