By Alicia M. Cohn - 09/18/11 07:27 PM EDT
Florida's Republican governor said Saturday that the GOP straw poll taking place in his state this weekend will determine who will take the White House in 2012.
"I personally believe whoever wins that straw poll, they will be the next president of the United States," Gov. Rick Scott told Fox News.
The Republican presidential hopefuls will be back in Florida, an important battleground state in the race for the Republican nomination, this week starting Thursday for a debate sponsored by Fox News and Florida Republicans. Most of the candidates are also scheduled to speak at a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday in Orlando. The straw poll will take place Saturday.