With just 24 hours until the polls close in Florida, two top-of-the-ticket candidates choose Wilton Manors to hold their final rally.
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL 10) is running against incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Charlie Crist is running for governor against incumbent Ron DeSantis. Demings and Crist headlined the rally at The Venue in Wilton Manors.
You can see both of their speeches here.
Anyone who’s been following the campaigns will recognize it. Both railed against the DeSantis administration and anti-LGBT laws that have flowed from the GOP-controlled legislature in Tallahassee. Mentions about restrictions on access to healthcare for women and trans kids, "Don’t Say Gay," trans bathroom bills, trans sports bans, book bans and more garnered jeers from the crowd of about 200.
"The past four years it's been a nightmare under this governor,” Crist said. “Take away a woman's right to choose. Making it harder for people of color to vote. Making it harder for our teachers to teach. The only thing [DeSantis] does is make his future brighter."
“You see, Broward County, healthcare is on the ballot,” Demings said. “The cost of prescription drugs is on the ballot. The cost of insulin for Floridians is on the ballot. And I don't care what Marco and his inane (inaudible) says, there's only one party working to lower the cost of prescription drugs and healthcare and hold the richest of the rich accountable and that's the Democratic party.”
Besides serving in Congress, Demings has served on the Orlando police force, including as chief. Crist served as governor when he was a Republican, and lost to Rubio in the 2010 GOP Senate primary. Both fired up the crowd and implored the faithful to gather their friends and take them to the polls on Tuesday. Broward is the “bluest” county in Florida, and if any Democrat is going to win a statewide election they need to run up the score in Broward. Organizers say early voting totals in Broward show more registered Democrats have voted than Republicans and NPAs (No Party Affiliation) combined. But that still may not be enough.
On election eve, Real Clear Politics polling average has DeSantis with a 12% lead and Rubio ahead by nearly 9%.