Campaign ground games ramp up in Florida

- The campaign effort in Florida is much more tame than it was in Chicago Friday evening.

Yet, the ground game in Florida seems to be growing in urgency. The 'get out the vote' effort is in full force as volunteers try to get people to the polls for the March 15 primary.

There have been two weeks of voting already, but more than half the vote could still come Tuesday, and many of Tuesday's voters will likely be contacted by the campaigns - either in person or on the phone.

The Rubio campaign may have the most at stake, as Rubio has won only two nominating contests so far, and needs to win Florida's 99 delegates to have any hope of catching up.

"It is always great to be part of the system," said Gino Sassani, a Rubio supporter from Temple Terrace. "Too many people think the system has left them by. It is so easy to be a part of it, go out there and find a candidate that you are excited about or passionate about."

Those involved in campaigns locally say they are not paying attention to the rhetoric, but putting the pedal to the metal to try and get as many supporters out as they can.

The Sanders campaign volunteers are hoping to take Hillary Clinton's front runner status away.

"There are volunteers that are out here everyday to make phone calls go to urge their neighbors to get out to the polls and vote," said Joe Vogel of Washington DC, who flew into Tampa to volunteer for Hillary Clinton.

"Bernie lives and breathes on the Internet, Reddit, and grassroots movements like ours," said Nitesh Wazenn, a Sanders supporter from Tampa. "It is important that we get the name out of who Bernie Sanders is."

Because voters in Florida have been voting for two weeks, a large portion of the vote is already in, but Clinton has a huge ground game and a deep network in Florida.

"I honestly think this is where elections are won," said Joe Vogel, who flew in from Washington DC. "There are volunteers that are out here everyday to make phone calls go to urge their neighbors to get out to the polls and vote."

Jeb Bush was still in the race when absentee ballots started coming in, so it's possible that many votes that would otherwise have gone to Rubio will be wasted.

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