Gore to Campaign for Obama in Florida
By Peter Slevin
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Al Gore, who lost his 2000 race for the White House when he fell 537 votes short in Florida, will headline a pair of rallies for Barack Obama on Friday in the land of the butterfly ballot and the hanging chad.
Gore will campaign in vote-rich Broward and Palm Beach counties, the site of some of the most extraordinary scenes of the post-election battle for Florida and the presidency -- a battle ended by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision with 1.6 million votes never recounted.
"Nobody knows better that every single vote counties -- especially in Florida -- than Vice President Al Gore," Obama state director Steve Schale said in a written statement. Gore will be urging people to vote early "so no amount of chads, butterflies or undervotes can stand between Floridians and the change we need."
Gore is part of a stronger-than-expected Obama push in Florida. The Illinois Democrat has held three rallies in less than 24 hours, with 35,000 people showing up on an unseasonably cold night in Kissimmee on Wednesday to see him campaign with former president Bill Clinton.
Polls show a close race in a state where a victory would likely seal Obama's capture of the White House eight years after Gore fell agonizingly short.
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