Campaigns Make Florida Election-Eve Battleground

Obama reprises out-of-touch criticism of McCain, who hits back on economics
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2008 3:26 PM CST
Barack Obama in Jacksonville.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Both presidential candidates were on the trail today in Florida, trading jabs from opposite ends of the state, the Miami Herald reports. Barack Obama spoke about the economy in Jacksonville, in the north, the same city where John McCain said the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.” McCain dismissed his poor poll numbers in Tampa, saying, “we never give up, we never quit.”

Democrats are up in registrations and early voting polls in north Florida, but the region tends to vote Republican. Southern Florida is volatile, but considered an Obama stronghold. A win in Florida is considered key to a McCain victory tomorrow. Obama was cautious, but urged voters to turn out. “It's all up to you. We have a righteous wind at our back.”