Why St Augustine over Jacksonville for Romney visit?
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Folks in historic St Augustine say it's been decades since a presidential candidate has made a stop in their city. So they were shocked and ecstatic to learn Mitt Romney was paying them a visit.
It was an especially exciting day for the president of Flagler College.
"We're delighted to have the opportunity to host this event on our campus," said Dr. William Abare. "To have a presidential candidate come to St. Johns County and to St. Augustine is pretty significant."
Florida Senator John Thrasher joined Romney on Monday morning. The congressman says St Augustine was the perfect spot because it's a melting pot of untapped opportunity.
But some in Jacksonville can't help but feel a little snubbed. Why wasn't the area's biggest city chosen? We took that question to Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry.
"We will see some time spent in Jacksonville from the campaign in the time ahead," he said. "Particularly beyond the convention. It's just a matter of timing."
Curry says the Romney campaign will focus on places like St Johns and Clay Counties because they typically go Republican. But he says they need Duval County in order to win Florida and need Florida to make it to the White House. Curry says you can be sure Romney will be back to make a few visits to Jacksonville.
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