TAMPA (FOX 13) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally at USF Friday evening, but reactions to his visit were mixed a day before.
"I can't wait to see the guy I am going to be voting for as president," said sophomore Tyler Dever.
Meanwhile, graduate student Aria Walsh-Felz will be protesting.
"I do not agree with his statements," said Walsh-Felz. "I am an ally for everyone he is attacking."
Even though more than a dozen other states will vote before the Florida primary on March 15, Florida is the first winner-take-all state.
A Trump win in Florida would send and extra big blow to Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Trump was already ahead in statewide polls a day before he was set to visit the Sunshine State.
"That's where he is trying to build momentum early, before Rubio or Bush can catch up," said FOX 13 political editor Craig Patrick.
Rubio tried out a new one-liner in South Carolina Thursday, which he may, or may not, use again.
"Donald Trump has zero foreign policy experience," said Rubio. "Negotiating a hotel deal in another country is not foreign policy experience."
Tampa voters are waiting to hear if Trump has a response.
Patrick says Trump may bring a new version of himself. One not shy to respond, but perhaps with cleaner language.
"He may try to scale back the colorful language, if not the coarse language, because - among other reasons - Evangelical voters will be turned off by it," Patrick explained.
Student David Parrish said he likes Trump because he started out as the anti-politician. He looked at Friday as the chance of a lifetime.
"If he does become the president, then I can say I saw him at USF, which is cool," said Parrish. "Some of the kids who just walked by who are my friends they're going because they are excited."
The doors open for Trump's appearance at the Sun Dome at 5 p.m. Friday. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Anyone who plans to attend should have a ticket, but seats are first come, first served.