Roughly two dozen supporters of Scott assembled outside the Fox 13 television studios in Tampa starting around 4:30 this afternoon, lining the road of the station with pre-printed yard signs, and shaking hand-made signs at passing cars.
"Pro-lifers stand with Rick Scott," "Students for Rick Scott" and Scott's slogan, "Let's get to work," adorn hand-painted signs, many of them in the hands of college students.
"The only McCollum supporters I've run into are older," said Matthew McCluskey, 27.
But on the stretch West Kennedy Boulevard where McClusky and a group of friends from Jacksonville stood, there were no McCollum supporters to be found.
The only signs of McCollum's face at the roadside were black-and-white cut-outs of McCollum, bright yellow duck bills pasted to his mouth.
A trio of young men wore duck costumes, carrying a sign reading "Bill McCollum stop ducking your record."
The three declined to speak with a reporter.
However, a small contingent of McCollum supporters, dwarfed by the size of the Scott group, did arrive with signs urging voters to fight against fraud.
Kathleen Waligore, 50, said she arrived from Land-o-Lakes 45 minutes away, somewhat undecided.
However, she was carrying a McCollum sign, asking supporters of Scott to explain to her why she should support Scott.
She said she didn't hear much, and was mocked by the Scott supporters, which was enough to help her make up her mind.
She'll still be watching tonight's debate, hoping to hear more on specifics.
"Rick Scott talks a lot, but given the detail that he sends me, he really doesn't get into the detail," Waligore said. "I know it's the year of the anti-incumbent, but he just makes me feel uncomfortable that he can't explain the Medicare fraud in a friendly audience like Republicans."
Many of the supporters on the roadside who did speak said they had driven from well outside Tampa: Jacksonville or Tallahassee.
"We support Rick, where he stands on all of the issues: outsider, conservative," said Kim McClure, 19.
McClure wore a hot-pink shirt emblazoned with the words "Chicks for Rick."
She said he appeals to women because he is "100 percent pro-life."
When asked whether she believed McCollum's position is markedly different, she had this to say: "He says he is, but he also says he's pro-stem cell research."
Fellow student Kayla Westbrook, 19, chimed in: "It's contradictory."
According to the website politifact.com, recent mail advertisements by Scott have promised that if elected, Scott would block all types of stem cell research from the state. Meanwhile, the website says, McCollum's stance on stem cells is nuanced. He has in the past blocked funding some types of stem cell research in Florida, but has also said that if the option is between destroying embryonic stem cells already harvested and using them to perform research, McCollum has said he would prefer they be used for research.
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