Photos by BRENT BATTEN

  • Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor, left, talks to Kyra Jennings of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at the Florida delegation's breakfast meeting in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Lavon Bracy of Orlando sports an Obama hat that drew the attention of delegates, the media and even Newark Mayor Cory Booker at Tuesday's delegation breakfast. Photo by Brent Batten / Naples Daily News
  • President Obama sculpted from sand from Myrtle Beach, S.C.   Photo by Brent Batten / Naples Daily News
  • Gary Aubuchon and Congressional candidate Trey Radel at Florida's delegation breakfast Thursday.
  • Congressional candidate Trey Radel, right, talks to former rival Gary Aubuchon at Florida's delegation breakfast Thursday.
  • U.S rep. Connie Mack talks to reporters Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
  • Connie Mack addresses Florida delegation Thursday at the Republican National Convention.
  • John Nelson of Tampa, salutes during the National Anthem Monday at The Greatest Generation Tour sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Behind him are relics of his 22 years of military flying.
  • Brian Homan, 41, in the uniform of a World War II paratrooper. Homan is one of the founders of the Central Florida World War II museum.
  • Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, center, join the states delegates and alternates for the delegation's 'class picture' on Monday.
  • Gov. Rick Scott chats with Florida delegates after posing for a group picture Monday.
  • The Republican National Convention kicked off festivities with a party inside Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sunday night.
  • Protesters before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Sunday.
  • Mitt Romney's senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom speaks with members of the media at the Republican Presidential Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa. Brent Batten/Staff
  • Michele Bachmann's press secretary Alice Stewart speaks with members of the media at the Republican Presidential Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa. Brent Batten/Staff
  • Herman Cain speaks with members of the media at the Republican Presidential Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa. Brent Batten/Staff
  • Republican Presidential Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa. Brent Batten/Staff
  • Republican Presidential Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa. Brent Batten/Staff
  • The Tea Party Express at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Brent Batten/Staff
  • Brent Batten's son, Zachary Batten, 4, watches the Memorial Day service at Naples Memorial Garden on Monday, May 31, 2010 in Naples. Brent Batten/Staff
  • Brent Batten's son, Zachary Batten, 4, watches the Memorial Day service at Naples Memorial Garden on Monday, May 31, 2010 in Naples. Brent Batten/Staff
  • Zachary Sullivan, 5, holds a sign at the Naples tea party Thursday.

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