Candidates for governor try to get out the vote in South Florida as race enters final weeks

Both Charlie Crist and Ron DeSantis are turning to South Florida to get out the vote.

PINECREST, Fla. – Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist made a stop in South Florida Monday as the race to occupy the top spot in Tallahassee entered its final weeks.

Crist attended a luncheon at Evelyn Greer Park in Pinecrest.

“It’s great to be in South Florida, always,” Crist said.

The luncheon came ahead of a stop in Hollywood in an effort to mobilize voters in heavily-Democratic Broward County.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and his nominee for lieutenant governor, Karla Hernandez-Mats, stopped in Pinecrest Monday.

Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis held his own South Florida rally over the weekend.

“You’re not just electing somebody to agree or disagree with you,” DeSantis said. “You’re electing somebody that’s going to be called upon to be a leader. And some people have that and some people don’t.”

Both candidates are stressing their messages. For DeSantis, it’s the components of his conservative agenda.

For Crist, it’s issues like health care and protecting abortion rights.

Both found common ground in condemning the life sentence of the Parkland school shooter.

“We don’t need to have unanimous decisions by juries in every case,” Crist said. “If not this case, when?”

“I’m going to work with the legislature,” DeSantis said. “We need to reform some of these laws.”

Election Day is Nov. 8.

About the Authors:

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."

Annaliese Garcia joined Local 10 News in January 2020. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism. She began her career at Univision. Before arriving at Local 10, she was with NBC2 (WBBH-TV) covering Southwest Florida. She's glad to be back in Miami!