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McCollum still talking 2010, says he would've beaten Scott 'but for' Mike McCalister



Couple of notes from Newt Gingrich's party in Orlando.

* Bill McCollum was front and center behind Gingrich during Gingrich's concession speech. Behind McCollum? A dead-ringer for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the man who spent millions attacking --- and beating --- McCollum in the 2010 GOP primary for governor. (It wasn't Scott, but a Gingrich supporter in from Mississippi.) Why do we bring this up? Well, because when we talked to McCollum earlier Tuesday, he couldn't help but draw a comparison between this race and his back in 2010. McCollum told us he would've won, "but for" Mike McCalister running and collecting the none-of-the-above vote (more than 10 percent in that primary). McCalister is now running for the U.S. Senate by the way.

* If you were wondering, Herman Cain was not here at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Neither was U.S. Rep David Rivera, the long member of Florida's congressional delegation supporting the former House speaker.

* Also, don't be fooled by the cameras, the ballroom here in Orlando was largely empty when Gingrich spoke after 9 p.m. There may have been 200 people total in the room, and the number of journlists rivaled the crowd of Gingrich supporters.




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