The atmosphere outside of the Southwest Ranches Town Hall precinct was quiet. The air was breezy, the only noise coming from Griffin Road and a clanging flagpole. Some voters wished it were that quiet when they were actually voting.
“[Voting is] good, it’s easy, it’s quick. If everybody in the room – the officials – would not talk,” says Vikki Yarborough in a firm voice. “That’s my biggest beef.”
Yarborough, 58, says the loud chatter of officials who work on Election Day can be distracting.
What will the Florida Legislature look like with Republican Rick Scott or Democrat Charlie Crist as governor? A lot depends on whether Republicans not only retain control of the Legislature, but regain a super majority -- making their policy decisions veto-proof.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, right, hugs his running mate Annette Taddeo, as he arrives for campaign event at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, Monday in Miami. At left is Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
The finger-pointing and mudslinging almost is over. There is an end to the negative ads. Floridians will choose their next governor and it's safe to say that man already has served as governor. And he has served as a Republican.
By Brandon Larrabee of The News Service of Florida
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:33 am
He seemed more at ease here, speaking to a crowd of about 100 to 150 supporters, than he does in major speeches or even press conferences in Tallahassee. Gov. Rick Scott --- light blue shirt sleeves rolled up --- implored people to vote, early if possible.
"I tell people all the time, this election is not about Charlie Crist or Rick Scott," he said Tuesday. "It's about you. What do you want? Do you want more jobs, or do you want less jobs?"
Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.
So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.
“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.