JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ann Romney arrived on the First Coast hours before her husband, Mitt, to meet with supporters in Mandarin and help prepare meal bags for soldiers.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to arrive in Jacksonville on Tuesday evening for a fundraiser the following day.
Romney is making his second visit to the First Coast in less than two weeks.
Both Romney and President Barack Obama are spending millions on the airwaves combined with personal visits to Florida to shore up support and appeal to undecided voters.
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Florida is crucial for both campaigns since its 29 electoral votes is the biggest prize of states still considered to close to call.
"It would be more critical for Romney to win it than Obama," said Jacksonville University political science professor Stephen Baker.
"Obama sure would love it, that would almost guarantee his victory," said Baker, noting it takes 270 electoral votes to claim the White House.
Romney is meeting with supporters at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront with a VIP reception that commands $10,000 per couple. A general reception is planned as well with a $2,500 per person contribution.
Organize for America is planning an event on the Southbank at 10 a.m. on Wednesday with military veterans who support the President.
First Coast News