MIAMI (CBSMiami) — In the final day before the election, candidates in Florida’s Senate race are not taking any chances.
Incumbent Marco Rubio is rallying in Tampa and Orlando. He plans to urge them to cast their ballot on Tuesday.
“I look forward to gathering with Floridians to talk about what’s at stake this election. It is crucial that supporters get out to the polls tomorrow and vote Republican. In the final push of the campaign, it is more important now than ever that we continue to work hard to get out the vote,” said Rubio.
As for his challenger, Democrat Patrick Murphy is holding a rally in St. Petersburg, joined by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden Monday afternoon. Over the weekend, he joined Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in Florida. On Sunday, Murphy rallied with President Barack Obama in Kissimmee.
The culmination of their campaigns comes at the tail end of an ugly race between the two, characterized by insults and accusations.
Rubio initially said he would not run, but when he lost his bid for the Republican nominee for president he changed his mind,prompting many to ask will he run again in 2020 – leaving the Senate behind.
Rubio said he would serve his six years term if elected and had no plans to run for any office in 2020.
Aside from that, Rubio faced criticism by some for not un-endorsing Donald Trump as some other Republicans had. He had condemned Trump several times while keeping his distance during his campaign.
“I didn’t want this to be our choice and quite frankly, I don’t understand how the greatest country in the world could leave us with these two,” said Rubio.
Murphy, on the other hand, aligns himself closely with Clinton.
Throughout his campaign, Murphy has been found, in some cases, to have exaggerated his experience and in other instances made claims that were misleading or outright false. One example was when Murphy said he worked as a CPA in Florida. He has never been licensed in Florida, only in Colorado.
“Those accusations have been debunked. They are lies,” said Murphy.
PolitiFact said they have not debunked those attacks saying Murphy exaggerated his credentials and his opponents have also exaggerated their attacks.
Rubio has been ahead in the polls during the campaign, but the race has tightened recently.
Just like in the race for president, it’s all going to come down to who can get their supporters to the polls.
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