AP News
Posted: Aug 29, 2012 12:22 PM

The Republicans put their convention in Tampa for a reason — Florida's outsized role in electoral politics.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio predicted the state will go for Mitt Romney come November.

If the speeches in the convention hall aren't enough to do the trick, there's always this:

"The folks that have been visiting this week have done great, leaving great tips," Rubio said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show. "That's going to help, too. They're real good tippers."

— Nancy Benac — Twitter


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