Romney visits Florida as early voting gets underway
October 27th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney visits Florida as early voting gets underway

Pensacola, Florida (CNN) - As Republican nominee Mitt Romney campaigns across the Sunshine State Saturday, eight days of early voting also gets underway.

Early voting is starting a week later than it did four years ago. The number of early voting days in Florida was reduced from 14 to eight following a move last year by the Republican dominated state legislature.

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The new state law requires a minimum of 48 hours of early voting, with a maximum of 96 hours. Early voting will end next Saturday, after state lawmakers eliminated early voting on the last Sunday before the election. While many larger counties are scheduling the full 96 hours of early voting, many smaller counties will offer less time.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott's administration spent the past year defending the new shortened eight-day schedule from lawsuits that claimed them move was a GOP push to lower voter turnout.

Romney teams up with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio at three events Saturday: Pensacola, Kissimmee, and Land O' Lakes.

President George W. Bush won Florida in his 2004 re-election, but Obama narrowly captured the state in his 2008 victory over Sen. John McCain. This cycle Florida, where 29 electoral votes are up for grabs, has been getting tons of attention during the general election, with the candidates making frequent visits to the Sunshine State.

The Obama and Romney campaigns are also spending big bucks on get out the vote efforts and to run television commercials in the state. The two presidential campaigns, the party committees, and the super PACs and other independent groups supporting the candidates have shelled out more than $130 million to run ads on broadcast TV in Florida since April 10, the unofficial start of the general election. That's according to data provided to its clients by Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), which tracks campaign advertising.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Really??

    Romney/Ryan 2012 for the recovery to begin.

    October 27, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Marty, FL

    Voted early this morning for President Obama :)

    October 27, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Larry L

    The Republicans running the election in Florida must be closely watched to prevent dishonesty with the ballots and at the polls. The modern Republican Party is constantly trying thwart the democratic process with tricks to suppress voter turnout or discard ballots. Remember, we're talking about Florida!

    October 27, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. joe

    get out the vote Obama team Don't let the lying repos keep people from voting. Mittens is there to see if voter surpression is working not to get people to vote early. If mittens wins this country looses. He will flip flop again and again and do what ever addleson and the the other billionairs tell him to do. Forward. vote all repos out.

    October 27, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Mitt bans SS and Medicare. Mitt the twit is nonsense to USA and world. Obama12. Period.

    October 27, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Yonni

    People vote. Let the Romney presence inspire you to vote against him in Florida. He and his friends could out source more of your job for profit if they allowed to assume power

    October 27, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Just a thought

    The only way Robme wins is STOPPING PEOPLE FROM VOTING....of course lying is the campaign banner and without the brain-dead party of Tea fools, Robme would have NO Base

    October 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. jason carpenter

    I live one city away from the rally and I'm just sitting here laughing because he is really trying to win undecided voters in one of the most conservative areas in the country.

    October 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Early Voter

    My friends in Florida voted for Obama early this morning they said the line was 3 hour long and most people was voteing for Obama.

    October 27, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Sueb

    For Romney to have to be in Florida at this time is not a good sign for him. I lived in Florida for 8 years and I have a lot of family and friends there who are all voting for Obama...let's hope the Sunshine state is the one to send Mitt home for good!!!!

    October 27, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Denny

    In Ohio the democrats are taking van-loads of non-english speaking people to the early polls and "showing" them how to vote. I hope republicans start bringing people to the polls and "show" them how to vote.

    October 27, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Mike in Texas

    538 Politics now has Obama with a 74% of winning. This number is going up daily. Romney has peaked and has nowhere to go but down.

    My prediction is Obama with 290 electoral votes and Romney with 248.

    I am giving Obama Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and New Hampshire.
    I am giving Romney North Carolina, Florida and Virginia.

    If anything Obama can take Virginia. Florida will be tough and North Carolina is squarely going to Romney.

    Obama will also get a majority of the popular vote. but will win that by about 1.5%

    October 27, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Visiting Canadians in Florida have done more for our economy than any elected Republican we sent to Tallahassee or Washington DC.

    October 27, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. ST

    Dems in Florida go and vote in a big number. Florida is a place which can be very remarkable for stopping Romney once and for all.

    October 27, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. PJ

    Wonder what "whopper" Romney will lay on the Floridians like he did in Ohio.
    His contention that Jeep was moving production of Jeeps out of Ohio to China caused the Vice President of
    Chrylser to make a statetment saying "Let's set the record straight. Jeep has no intention of shifting production
    of its Jeep models out of North America to China".
    So, once again, proof that Romney "won't let fact checking" run his campaign. He unnecessarily made
    employees nervous, but what does he care? HE doesn't.
    Romney makes more irresponsible comments that any candidate I have ever seen, and he wants us to trust his
    judgement? NO thanks.

    October 27, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. pcalif

    The reason Romney won't be seen with Gov Rick Scott is because he knows Scott is trying every trick in the book to throw the election in FL and when it is disputed and bad things come out, Romney can distance himself from it and pretend he knew absolutely nothing about it. When Scott's term expires in 2014, the Democrats need to throw every million they can muster to get rid of him and the others like him, i.e., governors of OH, PA, WI, MI.

    October 27, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. emma

    Romney will not win florida. He is getting desperate because he knows the outcome

    October 27, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Old Folks In Florida

    A vote for Romney is a vote to destroy Medicare and privatize Social Security. Pushing the wrong button in the voter booth will cause Americans to loose everything that they have worked hard for all their lives.

    October 27, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. luke,az

    Gov. Romney is NOT presidential material as we all know. He represents the 1%. He will say anything to anybody at anytime. Gov Romney will lose this election because he is not trustworthy and lacks any core convictions. By the way Gov. Romney, SHOW US YOUR TAXES FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS !!!

    October 27, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Mike

    I wish Romney would just speak the truth about his plans. His constant appeasement to whom whoever he may be addressing at anytime is so obvious. His use of incomplete sentences & phrases to suit his needs is repulsive! He makes me sick, and I voted for Obama just because Romney is a weak little rich boy with no sense of his own direction! I can only hope American's are smarter than the media polls make them out to be.

    October 27, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Mike

    Flip Romney will Kill Jobs! Republican's and their plans for America Kill Jobs! The Romney/Ryan ticket isa order to Kill Jobs in America! Don't fall for the lies and lets keep pushing FORWARD with BO! Obama Florida 2012!

    October 27, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Ryan

    Voted this Morning Go OBama!

    October 27, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. honest mari

    Romney and Republicans are betting on creating 12million bogus jobs in 4years (math that obviously does not work)because they have now seen an indication of economic growth as we crawl out of the whopping economic hole they threw us into with the same economic policies their candidates are now advocating,policies that swallowed our surplus that Bill Clinton left us with. Now they the Republican want to reap where they did not sow. Voter must not let that happen. Time after time right wing conservates like Romney assume they have the right to mess up our economy and then leave it for Democrats to clean up. Except for Regan whom I respect so much and who is not a typical conservative, every Republican president in really recent history has left us with a weeping economy. They cry deficit reduction but they come in and blow up the deficits. Romney will not be any different. He carries their flag and their economic and social policies which have never worked for America in general. God. bless America.!!!!

    October 27, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    @ Mike in Texas. Thanks for the prediction and I sure hope you're right, for all our sakes.

    October 27, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. honest marie

    Every Republican president in recent history except for the good old Regan (who was not a typical Republican )blew up our economic surplus when they come into office and leave us with whopping looming deficit on their exit. Romney represents the Republican party with the same economy policies. that put us in this mess. Obama's plan mirrors Bill Clinton's plan which brought us a great era of surplus. Obama plan will catapult America to the economic peak the world has never seen in all realms. It is a plan that has been tested and that will endure the test of time and uphold America as the greatest nation on earth. God bless America! !!!

    October 27, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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