From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger
CLEARWATER, FL -- Atop each seat in the press section of the Giuliani charter this afternoon sat a baseball -- with Rudy Giuliani's name scribbled between the stitching.
It seemed like a going-away present from a campaign that has appeared more resigned to its fate in recent days. Campaign staffers and the press have been dancing around the future throughout the day, with one reporter even joking with a press aide about finding new jobs.
The crowd at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport was thin, barely reaching triple digits. At times, Giuliani's surrogates -- Jon Voight and Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- have seemed to have more enthusiasm than the candidate himself.
But Giuliani, with Judith by his side and holding his hand throughout a press availability, has been hitting home his message, placing himself as the most experienced on both economic policy and national security, and believing early voting will give them a more reliable turnout than his opponents.