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Romney to hit ground early in Fla.

When the polls close in South Carolina on Saturday, Mitt Romney won’t be in the state – nor will he be in Nevada, were voters are also casting ballots in the GOP primary elections.

So where will Romney be? In the Sunshine State, natch.

Looking to get some face time with Florida voters in the lead-up to the Jan. 29 primary, Romney is flying directly from Nevada on Saturday, catching a 9 a.m. flight to Jacksonville.

Polls show a Romney victory in South Carolina is unlikely – but the Florida contest may well be something of a free-for-all as Romney, John McCain and Mike Huckabee try to elbow out Rudy Giuliani, whose status as a Florida frontrunner has ebbed in recent weeks.

Romney will hold what his campaign calls a "Change Begins with Us Rally" at the University of North Florida on Saturday before embarking on a bus tour that will bring him to Boca by Monday and South Florida likely by midweek.