If everyone who said hello to Rick Scott at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium winds up voting for him then Tuesday's primary may turn out differently than the current polls suggest.
Scott - joined by Pat Summerall, the father of his campaign manager - intensely worked the crowd at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Saturday night. And there was plenty of people to talk to since a lightning delay at the game between the Jaguars and Miami Dolphins forced everyone to crowd into the concession areas, terrace suites and "The Bud Zone." But it was clear that many, many people knew who Scott was and had seen his face on television.
In some instances, people recognized Scott - who has spent nearly $50 million on his campaign for governor - and not Summerall, the on-air personality who graced America's television screens for decades.
Tony Sleiman, the owner of the Jacksonville Landing, led the way for Scott and guided him through the stadium.
"I want change,'' Sleiman said. "I'm tired of the same ole, same ole."
Randy Childress, a Republican voter in Jacksonville, said he had already voted for Scott and echoed Sleiman by saying "It will be a good change for us."
His other reason was simple. "He's made his money. He won't take ours."
Not everyone was as positive. Ed Dowling saw Scott about to go into a door and rushed over to him, shook his hand, and proceeded to tell him that he wasn't voting for either Scott or Attorney General Bill McCollum.
"You're both lying through your teeth,'' said Dowling.
Scott's foray into Jacksonville capped off a day that saw him wind across North Florida. While traveling to the stadium, Scott blasted the Republican Party of Florida, noting reports that the party's federal account has dwindled to just around $50,000. He said this was a sign that the party was wasting its resources in an effort to help his primary rival McCollum.
"They don't care about all the other candidates, they are worried about one candidate, Bill McCollum,'' said Scott. "That makes no sense, you bankrupt the party, you don't care about any other candidates. And they are using it to attack it a conservative business person who believes in the exact principles of the Republican Party probably way more than the guy that they are helping.
"This makes no sense, there's something wrong going on,'' added Scott.
Ironically, Scott wound up walking into Jacksonville Municipal Stadium just yards away from where John Thrasher had set up a tent. Thrasher, the current RPOF chairman who is also running for state Senate, brushed aside Scott's complaints. He pointed out that the party raised more than $7 million in its state account and he predicted that the party would raise a large amount of money during its September Victory dinner where Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is scheduled to speak.
"I'm excited about where we are,'' said Thrasher.
Thrasher acknowledged that the party doesn't have a lot of money in its federal account, but said "we're starting to get some." He wouldn't answer directly Scott's criticisms, but said that people were waiting to see the outcome of the primary.
"Once we have our nominee on Tuesday, we'll be fine,'' said Thrasher. "People have been holding out because they are waiting to see what happens."