2016 Republicans try to capture some magic at Disney World

  • Jeb Bush at  Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s first-ever Economic Growth Summit in Florida.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio sends a video message after a last-minute cancellation to attend the Economic Growth Summit, at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center.
  • Jeb Bush speaks to reporters at the Economic Growth Summit in Florida. 
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, right, gets ready to go on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show.
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on the screen and on the stage at Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit in Orlando.
  • Mike Huckabee supporters greet the former Arkansas governor after his speech.
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is hosting the first-ever Economic Growth Summit, at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center.
  • Wisconsin Gov.  Scott Walker.
  • An attendee of the Economic Growth Summit is interviewed at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Convention in Orlando.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott at the Economic Growth Summit that he is hosting at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center.
  • Mike Huckabee at the Rick Scott Economic Growth Summit.
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. 
  • Jeb Bush with the press at the Economic Growth Summit in Orlando.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit in Orlando.

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Republicans sought to find some magic at Walt Disney World on Tuesday, speaking to Floridia donors and voters as they look to get a foothold in the state that’s voted for the winning president in the last nine out of 10 presidential elections.

“The likely next president is going to be speaking today,” the host of the event and Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott said at the start of the event, as he held court and touted his own policies and Florida’s successes. 

Related: The GOP’s Florida

Some of the 2016 field’s most competitive Republicans – a mix of declared and likely candidates – spoke at the event: Governors Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush all scheduled addresses; Sen. Marco Rubio addressed the crowd by video message.

Two of the seven have home-field advantage: Bush, the state’s former governor, and Rubio, the state’s sitting senator, are leading the pack in polling in the state, earning 30% and 31% respectively. For the other five, it’s an uphill battle: one of the current frontrunners, Walker, is considering skipping the state’s primary battle altogether, according to reports. 

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