(CNN) – Mitt Romney's dizzying campaign schedule ahead of the 2010 midterm elections will take the former Massachusetts governor to Florida for a rally on behalf of GOP gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott.
Romney and Scott will appear on October 1 at the Villages – a massive retirement community in central Florida that was a popular campaign stop in the 2008 presidential election.
Scott, a former health care industry executive, spent approximately $50 million of his own funds to beat establishment pick Bill McCollum in the GOP primary. He now faces Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer in what is amounting to a tight race. Of course, a Republican win of the Statehouse in November could greatly aide the eventual GOP presidential nominee come 2012 – when Florida will again likely play a key role in determining the next White House occupant.
Romney's planned foray to the Sunshine State is part of the Massachusetts Republican's previously-announced tour to 25 states over the next ten weeks as he considers his own presidential ambitions ahead of the midterms.