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The thrill of the Romney handshake....

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TAMPA -- Location. Location. Location.

As in real estate, it mattered a whole lot in terms of coming into direct contact with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he strode from the convention hall floor to the stage Thursday night to deliver his convention keynote.

State GOP Chief Pat Brady maneuvered himself along the aisle and got to shake Romney's hand as he headed to the front of the hall.

"I said, 'Go get him, governor, and he looked at me and said, 'Thanks!'" Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It was pretty cool. He was fired up."

Brady said Romney also extended his hand to Richard Porter, who was standing a few feet away. "He recognized Richard," Brady said.

Porter has helped raise money for Romney.

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