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Gov. Rick Scott visits Jacksonville for Cecil Field spaceport signing and 'Super Saturday' effort for Romney campaign

6:55 AM, Aug 4, 2012   |    comments
Florida Governor Rick Scott greets people during a bill signing ceremony for House Bill 99, the Florida Safe Harbor Act and House Bill 7049, Human Trafficking, at the Kristi House in Miami. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott is visiting Jacksonville Saturday.

He's here for the nationwide "Super Saturday" campaign effort for Mitt Romney. The governor will be at the Victory headquarters on Beach Boulevard between mid morning and lunch time.

He will also be a hold a ceremonial bill signing, designating Cecil Field as Florida's newest Spaceport at approximately 1:20 p.m. 

Scott's visit is part of a series of  massive volunteer mobilization efforts.

The goal is not just to know which voters are on board with Romney, but to test the presidential campaign's ability to turn out the vote - something the GOP struggled with in 2008.

"It's a way for us to stress-test the network," said Rick Wiley, political director for the RNC last month, which is running the voter contact effort jointly with the Romney campaign.

The results are being tracked in real time through software applications that allow volunteers to enter information into their cellphones on the voter's doorstep. Information from phone calls is also recorded. A "dashboard" allows Wiley and campaign staff to monitor results as they happen.

"We learn a lot about what our volunteers are capable of doing. As we get into the fall, there's a ton of voters to cover," said Dave Kochel, Romney's Iowa consultant. "More than testing specific messages, we're testing the effectiveness of our organization."

The GOP is running these Saturday tests once a month. The information is used as the campaign progresses to guide decisions such as where to deploy volunteers, where to focus early-voting turnout efforts, and which areas have the most undecided voters.














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