Gov. Rick Scott made it. The host-state governor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa arrived for Thursday night's celebration of Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee and prime-time speeches by three Floridians. The governor entered the Tampa Bay Times Forum shortly before the 7:30 p.m. start of the session. Republican alternate delegates chanted "Rick! Rick! Rick!" when they saw him make his way through the crowd.
He spent most of the evening on the floor. His box is in the nose bleed seats with almost no sight line -- another apparent punishment of the early primary agreed to by the governor and legislative leaders.
Scott had scrapped a convention speech and appearances at several private convention events last weekend because of the approaching Tropical Storm Isaac, and he spent recent days visiting areas hit by the storm and speaking with emergency managers across the state. He spent most of Thursday in Pensacola, visiting historic attractions and meeting with tourist industry leaders.
-- Steve Bousquet and Mary Ellen Klas