MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent on television and radio ads, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist gave it one last shot before the polls close at 7 p.m.
With former President Bill Clinton by his side, Crist wrapped up his last full day of campaigning in Orlando.
“I just get a good feeling about what’s going on. I feel like people are energized, they’re excited, they’re enthused and it just feels good,” said Crist.
On the campaign trail, Clinton called Scott a divisive tea party governor and said Crist showed during his time in office that he could work with both parties.
“You’ve got to elect your work together candidate. Not ‘Let’s polarize everybody. If we dump enough negative ads on ’em, we’ll beat ’em anyway,” said Clinton.
Polls released for weeks have essentially said the race is tied but Crist hopes his supporters are voting in large numbers.
In a race this close, Matt Dixon, Tallahassee Bureau Chief with Scripps Newspapers, said Democrats feel somewhat comfortable with their “Get Out The Vote” campaign. They’re down by 100 thousand votes statewide in early voting but they were hopeful they could make it up Tuesday.
“Democrats are comfortable with that number. They’ve been saying all along if we’re betting 100 thousand and 125 thousand come in on election day, we think we have a real chance chance,” said Dixon.
Crist was already thinking ahead, making plans for his agenda in Tallahassee. He said medicaid expansion would be his first push and he wants to unify Florida.
“Heal Florida. Bring Florida back together. Have Democrats, Republicans and Independents work together for a better tomorrow,” said Crist.
The outcome of the state’s brutal and expensive race for governor is likely to be historic regardless of what happens.
Scott is trying to become the second GOP governor ever in state history to win re-election and it would be remarkable since his approval ratings have never been over 50 percent.
If Crist wins, it would mean a former governor taking back his old job after switching parties. Crist is running for governor four years after he gave up the office to mount an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate.
CBS4’s Ted Scouten asked Crist if he had any words for Scott in the last few hours of the race.
“No, just travel safe. Travel safe,” said Crist.
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