Lenny Curry Doubles Down for Rick Scott on Orlando TV

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry made a couple of media stops in Orlando recently, and both interviews (watch one of them HERE) aired within an hour of each other. The message was the same.

It’s ride or die with Florida Governor Rick Scott.

During both interviews Curry was asked about the challenges waiting for the Governor, and his low approval numbers. Curry didn’t blink either time, rattling off the jobs gained since Scott has taken office, a little over two years ago. When asked about the possibility of taking on former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in a potential match-up next year, Curry transitioned seamlessly, going after the former Republican who switched parties, to remain competitive in a Senate race that he ultimately lost anyway.

He left no wiggle room for a Republican primary. None. “Rick Scott is going to be the nominee” Curry Said.

This comes during a tough time for the Governor, when Tea Party Activists are upset at his expansion of medicaid to accommodate the President’s healthcare plan, and his shift to the middle with an emphasis on education isn’t resonating the way it should with his critics. Polls have indicated that many Republicans would like to see Scott win a primary before advancing the the general.

Curry’s support is nothing out of the ordinary. Protocol for leaders in both parties are the same. Support the incumbents to keep the seats and offices you already have. Recruit quality candidates to increase that number. Keep the members from choking each other out during meetings and conferences.

To his credit, Curry has done his best. Weathering an “Obama for American” juggernaut, doing his part to navigate the Republican National Convention through a hurricane, and the GOP still have majorities in the state government.

But, his support of Scott is what he’s promoting and ultimately, it might be the Governor’s re-election campaign that defines his time as RPOF chairman.

Curry has left no doubt. He's behind Rick Scott 100%

Curry has left no doubt. He’s behind Rick Scott 100%

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POLL: Post DNC, Obama takes back lead in OH, VA still belongs to Romney

The “Bounce” poll numbers are in from the Democratic National Convention and there is some good news for both the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns.

In polls conducted by our friends at Gravis Marketing we’ve got important numbers from the battleground states of Ohio and Virginia.

Obama back up in the Buckeye State:

After post RNC numbers which previously put Mitt Romney up in Ohio, the most recent poll conducted last weekend have President Obama taking back a 4% point lead in Ohio. This is a bigger bounce than Romney enjoyed after his 4 point swing gave him a small lead when the attention shifted to Charlotte last week.

Obama’s lead can be credited to well received speeches by former President Bill Clinton and strong television ratings from the DNC.

Romney up in Virginia:

Another Gravis Poll conducted on the same weekend demonstrate that the DNC didn’t put the President up in all of the swing states. Virginia is still leaning Mitt Romney’s way. The numbers are giving the former Massachusetts Governor a %5 edge over President Obama.

This can be credited to strong stumping by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the Paul Ryan announcement held there, and a change in the general mood of the electorate.

Florida more important than ever:

The way these states are leaning makes the Sunshine State the battleground both campaigns will pull out all of the stops to win as we head to November. Look at the attention we’re getting. President Obama had a full weekend stay in the state last weekend that led to the famous bear hug pic and both Bill Clinton and Ann Romney have campaign stops in the region today.

Factors that might affect the polling we see down the road? The upcoming debates, the potential QE3 by the Fed, affairs in the Middle East, the sequestration talks, and future job numbers.

Romney and Ryan can feel good about Virginia but have work to do in the Buckeye State.

Wednesday Morning Political Headlines: Clinton in O-Town, Ann Romney in Largo

The Obama campaign is bringing it’s home run hitter to the heart of the I4 corridor today.

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Orlando today to stump for the re-election of President Obama in what is expected to be a packed house. Clinton is coming off of his well received at the Democratic National Convention a week ago and has been given credit to restoring the energy to an exhausted base of 2008 supporters. His presence is also expected to gain the attention of independent voters in Central Florida who have a favorable opinion of the former commander in chief.

Clinton will be introduced by former Orlando Police Chief and Congressional District 10 candidate Val Demings. This is great opportunity for Demings to be connected with Clinton, in what is expected to be a close November showdown with her opponent and incumbent Congressman Daniel Webster.

Down the road in Largo, Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann will be addressing supporters. Ann Romney is coming off of her own well recieved convention speech in Tampa during the RNC.

This story and the Orange County Sick Time measure that will be left off of the November ballot, lead your Wednesday morning political headlines.

Orlando Sentinel: Double Play!

Clinton to boost Obama, local Dems, in Orlando Wednesday

Orange leaders vote to delay sick-time ballot measure

WESH 2: Double Play!

Bill Clinton to speak in Orlando today

Orange County commission makes no decision on sick pay

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Double Play!

: Bill Clinton to campaign in Orlando for Obama on Wednesday

(Video) No decision made in controversial paid sick time ballot question

CF News 13: Romney, Obama camps make I-4 corridor visits today

WKMG Local 6: Orange County Commissioners consider 2 sick-time pay referendums

WOFL Fox 35: Citrus Bowl to get oversight of oversight

Clinton will be in town stumping for the Obama campaign today

POLL: RNC bounce gives Romney lead in Ohio

In a poll provided to us by our friends at Gravis Marketing, the Republican National Convention held last week in Tampa has given Mitt Romney a valuable bounce in another important swing state in the country.

According to a survey taken with about 1400 voters earlier this week, the presidential race in the Buckeye state has shifted from a one point Obama lead to a 3 point Romney lead, demonstrating that excitement from the conventions, and emotional speeches on primetime tv can still provide that small (and often temporary) bounce.

The RNC featured top flight speeches by Ann Romney, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and of course the GOP ticket of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The convention had to stare down Tropical Storm Issac and was even shortened to from 4 days to 3 to accommodate safe travel of delegates and lawmakers.

The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night in Charlotte, North Carolina as those in attendance got to see First Lady Michelle Obama make a case for re-election of her husband, as well as rising star and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro flex his public speaking muscle in front of a nationwide television audience for the first time. The convention continues tonight with former President Bill Clinton.

President Obama can also expect a small bump in the polls next week as well. With the current trend being seen around the country, it will probably put the race back within one point, one way or the other. For now, RNC organizers can enjoy the lead they’ve given their candidate in one of the most important swing states in the country.

Romney’s speech at the RNC last week has given him a small lead in the Buckeye state this week

Friday Morning Political Headlines: After RNC, Romney heads to Lakeland

Just hours after he gave the speech of his life in Tampa last night, GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney heads down the interstate to Lakeland today, to meet with more of the country’s most important voters.

Last night left America with a lot to talk about. Clint Eastwood, Marco Rubio, Jeb, and Romney’s speech that ended the RNC and, gives us a few days rest before the President and his gang open shop in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

They’ll be a full write up later today but these stories lead your Friday morning political headlines. Have a great Labor day weekend!

WESH 2: After RNC, Romney heads to Lakeland

WOFL Fox 35: (Video) FOX 35′s Mike Synan logs “A Day at the RNC”

Orlando Sentinel: America deserves better, Romney says, pledging jobs

WKMG Local 6: (Video) Jeb Bush, Rubio speak at RNC

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Romney officially accepts Republican nomination

CF News 13: Mitt Romney accepts GOP presidential nomination, focuses on adding jobs

Hours after giving the speech of his life, Romney is in Lakeland this morning