Candidates for Senate, governor campaign on final day before Floridians vote

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – It’s down to the wire and up to voters as candidates in the two highest-profile statewide races in Florida make their final pitches to voters one day before the midterm elections.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Val Demings was in Fort Lauderdale Monday afternoon, a vote-rich area for Florida Democrats. She also campaigned for votes in South Miami-Dade and then at night spoke at an event with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio got a boost from his base with a raucous rally over the weekend in South Florida with former President Donald Trump. He was in Jacksonville Monday afternoon before appearing at at event in Hialeah Monday night.

Ads in the race have gotten increasingly negative.

Rubio remains a clear favorite, sometimes leading in the polls by double digits.

In the race for governor, Recent polls show incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis well-ahead of Democratic candidate Crist.

DeSantis was in Palm Beach County rallying voters Monday afternoon before heading to the event in Hialeah.

“Do you mind helping me sending a tired worn out old donkey out to pasture?” DeSantis asked.

Crist, speaking Monday, said his focus at this point in the game is rallying people to the polls. Republicans have an edge, but he said he’s not giving up without a fight.

“Polls are up and polls are down, but the final vote is what matters the most and so get out vote; vote like your life depends on it,” Crist said.

About the Authors:

Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.

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."