Mitt Romney smiles his smile, the one that says, "I'm in it to win it and will - no doubt" as he continues his round of hand shaking, baby kissing and denouncing of chief rival Newt Gingrich. All the polls have him coasting to the Republican Florida primary win as the vote gets underway today.
If he wins it, and there is nothing to suggest he won't aside of an unexpected tsunami of so far undeclared voters that sees Gingrich ride in ahead of him, then many believe that's the Republican candidacy sorted. Romney is ahead in every poll over the "Newt" who at least has stories to tell of how he won South Carolina against the odds one day in January 2012.
Of course although the pollsters would have us believe in their results as "science" the public know at heart that they can be wrong, maybe not in this Florida poll, where Romney looks just too far ahead, but perhaps in the longer state-by-state race to the nomination. What does seem certain is that beyond some kind of mediating role, the other candidates might as well put their wallets away and go home.
Florida polls open at 7 a.m. "local time" so there's the first disparity as although most of Florida is on Eastern Time the Panhandler's are on Central. That will make no difference at all to the outcome. In fact it's looking as though short of Romney dropping dead sometime today he's a Florida shoe-in.
Romney has had his team at work to make sure there's no repeat of the South Carolina upset that had his confidence wobbling. Wave after wave of attack-dog ads aimed at discrediting Gingrich in every way possible have been issuing from his own campaign team and independent support groups. His forces as they say have been fully 'mobilised'.
Setting aside his own finances which have raised eyebrows but not much more, Romney has focussed in on Gingrich's connections with Freddie Mac and the questions of ethics that led to the Newt's resignation as speaker. Romney has also taken to mocking Gingrich's hero worship of former President Ronald Reagan. Politics and world view haven't featured strongly when compared with the down and dirty personal approach that seems to be doing the trick for Romney.
Gingrich has retaliated with a wave of personal appearances that are wearing the stump, his shoe leather and vocal chords down as he accuses Romney's campaign tactics of being "methodically dishonest".
Well tomorrow they say is another day but some believe that by then the Republican candidate to run against Obama in Novemeber will be decided. But then again there's the day after tomorrow and a lot of those before the race is finally won.