It's the calm before the storm. All quiet on the First Coast just one day before the CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate at the University of North Florida. The candidates are focusing their efforts in other cities today.
Meanwhile at UNF students, faculty, and administrators alike feeling the buzz on campus as they prepare to host a horde of journalists, excited voters, and of course the four GOP canididates.
"The buzz is fun and evn when I got home late last night and was clicking through the TV stations, even they're talking about Jacksonville, so it's exciting," says UNF president John Delaney.
Delaney says there may be more people on campus than they originally expected as well.
"They were going to have about 120 journalists and I think there are over 400 credentialed now from all over the world and it's a big deal."
Looking through candidate schedules, Newt Gingrich was the only candidate so far that had scheduled an event in Jacksonville before Florida's primary. It doesn't look like any of the candidates will be in Jacksonville on primary night either. The former Speaker of the House will be speaking to Veterans for a Strong America at UNF Thursday, just a couple of hours before the debate. A new poll out of Quinnipiac Wednesday morning showed Gingrich had erased what was a 12 percentage point deficit two weeks ago and is now just 2 points behind Mitt Romney in Florida.
Wednesday morning there were only 2 CNN trucks parked in front of the Fine Arts Center where the debate will be held.