They came. They saw. They debated.
For three days, the national spotlight of Republican politics shone on Orlando as the top 2012 GOP presidential contenders, and 3,500 pumped-up delegates, gathered at the Orange County Convention center for the Republican Party of Florida Presidency 5 Debate, Convention, Straw Poll, and the affiliated CPAC, Thursday through Saturday.
From across Florida and the U.S., cheering delegates filled the massive main hall to watch the ballyhooed Fox News/Google debate Thursday night; the day-long CPAC forum with the candidates Friday, and finally the Convention & Straw Poll, Saturday, that yielded the stunning upset win by Atlanta businessman Herman Cain.
Click here to see the Orlando Sentinel's photos of the Fox News/Google Debate. Click here to see the Orlando Sentinel's photos of the RPOF Convention, Straw Poll and CPAC forum. Click here to see the Orlando Sentinel's political photography archive.