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It was a bad weekend for Craig Miller. Not only did he finish in last place in a straw poll held in Orlando at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, among the four leading Republicans looking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, but he got into a minor motorcycle mishap on Sunday.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott weighed in on Saturday after businessman Herman Cain shocked the world by winning the Republican Party of Florida's (RPOF) Presidency 5 straw poll.
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Florida state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, is backing Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination. Gaetz posted on Twitter on Saturday that supporters of former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts were voting for businessman Herman Cain in the RPOF Presidency 5 straw poll.

“Romney campaign is having their Presidency 5 delegates vote for Cain to skew results,” insisted Gaetz.

Cain has enjoyed some momentum in recent days and has ranked as one of the more popular candidates with P5 attendees.

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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania spoke at the Presidency 5 event in Orlando on Saturday. Santorum played up the importance of the 2012 elections and once again pointed to his success in winning statewide elections in the Keystone State.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich told attendees at the Presidency 5 event in Orlando on Saturday that he admired a favorite son of the Sunshine State -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Gingrich added to an answer that he made in Thursday’s debate and said he would consider having Rubio as his running mate if he won the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich also said if he won the Republican nomination he would challenge President Barack Obama to seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates.
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