Florida is not only known for its golden beaches, tourist attractions and wide variety of citrus fruit, it’s also known for political uncertainty in presidential elections.
It’s hard to predict which way the Sunshine State will swing, with the popular vote so close back in 2000, it took several weeks and numerous court challenges before it was certain George W. Bush defeated Al Gore to win the White House.
Now, 11 years later, Republican presidential candidates are hoping to bring the state’s large crop of 27 electoral votes back to the GOP, taking them away from Barack Obama who captured them in 2008.
To that end, eight candidates are going to take the stage Monday night in Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, for the first-ever debate hosted by the rising political force of tea partiers.
CNN is teaming up with Tea Party Express and more than 100 local tea-party groups from every state across the country at the Florida State Fairgrounds, and tea partiers will be asking some of the questions.