Local candidates make last push in campaign’s final day

(WSVN) - On the last day before Election Day, presidential candidates aren’t the only ones making their final pitch to voters in Florida.

Candidates for Congress, mayor and sheriff in South Florida rallied supporters, made phone calls and knocked on doors, Monday, to make sure their supporters get to the polls. With campaign season coming to a close, election talk is less about making a choice and more about acting on it.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, incumbent Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, rallied with supporters, Monday. “Every vote counts,” he said. “Vote for the Republican, and then we can get not only the country right, but the state to continue to be moving in the right direction.”

Meanwhile, Rubio’s Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, urged a new direction.

He emphasized his voting record, again criticizing Rubio’s attendance record as senator. “Number one, I’m going to show up to work. I’m proud to have a 97 percent voting record,” Murphy said. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished for the people of Florida.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo is running as the incumbent against a former representative, Democrat Joe Garcia. “I just feel very excited about our chances tomorrow and very grateful for the campaign that we’ve been able to run,” Curbelo said at his campaign headquarters.

Garcia knocked on doors Monday, and urged South Florida voters to show up at the polls. “This is the most important election of our lifetime, and it’s going to be close, so you need to vote,” he said.

And then there’s the race for Miami-Dade County’s top spot. Incumbent Mayor Carlos Gimenez is running against Raquel Regalado, a former school board member.

Regalado picked the endorsement of former candidate Alfred Santamaria, Sunday.

“We are united here today to ensure that people go out and vote,” Regalado said.

Gimenez had a similar message. “Please do exercise your right, because it’s really our duty to go out and vote,” Gimenez said.

In Miami-Dade County, 750,000 people have already cast their ballots through early voting.

Voters in Broward will decide whether to keep incumbent Sheriff Scott Israel or elect his opponent, Santiago Vasquez Jr.

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