Candidates make final push a day before the primary elections

Reporter: Emma Heaton Writer: Matthew Seaver
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FILE: People voting. (Credit: WINK News)

On Monday, candidates in Southwest Florida and across the state made their final arguments to get your vote.

Thousands of people have already cast their votes either with a mail-in ballot or by taking advantage of early voting.

With less than 24 hours before the polls open, some candidates are putting out new ads or making their way around the state in an effort to gain support.

Some candidates are pressing the flesh, knocking on doors and shaking hands. Others are filling the airwaves with commercials. Then there are our candidates for governor, crisscrossing the state, hoping to convince people to go to the polls tomorrow. Why? Because their political futures are at stake.

Take nothing for granted. That’s why, despite the fact millions of Floridians have already voted, candidates up and down the ballot are aggressively campaigning.

“We want to make sure our voters are out there making their vote voice heard this election,” said Collier County Supervisor of Elections Spokesperson Trish Robertson.

Robertson knows voters have seen the signs, the billboards, and the TV commercials like the one put on the air this morning by Democratic candidate for governor Nikki Fried.

“Truly believe that she will do an outstanding job and make you all very proud and make a difference,” says an ad for Fried.

Her opponent, Congressman Charlie Crist, might take issue with that.

Robertson wants everyone eligible to vote.

Lee County School Board candidate Christine Devigili went one step further. “Doesn’t matter what you are. Go and vote we need you,” said Devigili.

UCF political scientist Aubrey Jewett said messages like that could mean the difference between winning and losing. Plenty of voters wait until election day to vote and wait until they get their ballot before deciding for whom to vote.

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