Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Rick Scott spent the last Sunday before election fighting for voters at churches and in areas where badly needed turnout seems crucial in a contest that continues neck-and-neck, the Miami Herald reported
While Crist campaigned during the state's "Souls to the Polls" day with Vice President Joe Biden at predominantly black churches in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Lakes, Scott took to the pulpit at a Baptist church in Lauderdale Lakes. The incumbent governor later hit conservative Hialeah near Miami where he rallied the Hispanic vote alongside former Gov. Jeb Bush, the Herald reported.
Turnout for early voting has remained high but how those votes are going remains unclear until overall tallies are updated by the supervisor of elections later today, according to the Herald, which noted that about 16,500 voters turned out in Miami-Dade on Sunday, a 53 percent increase from Saturday's tallies, while 19,802 voters hit the polls in Broward County, a 60 percent increase.
Scott spoke mostly about his own faith to about 500 parishioners gathered at the predominantly black First Baptist Church Piney Grove, professing his family's impact on his own religious beliefs, the Sun-Sentinel reported
"Jesus Christ is my savior," Scott told the congregation, noting the power of his "wonderful Christian mother and very wonderful Christian grandmother, and they told me all along that Jesus Christ was my savior. From a very young man I learned the importance of believing in Jesus Christ, and I have all my life."
Crist followed much the same path, visiting four black churches in Palm Beach County, the Sentinel noted.
Record early voting turnout was also recorded in Palm Beach County, where 11,069 voters cast ballots, the Palm Beach Post noted. Early voting was expanded this election cycle to two weeks for 12 hours daily. The Post noted
that about 3 million Floridians had already cast ballots ahead of Tuesday's midterms.
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