Former President Barack Obama is attending a rally on Friday at the Ice Palace film studio near Downtown Miami, where he will urge voters to cast their ballot for Andrew Gillum.
Obama will also be advocating for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who is locked in a tight race for reelection against current Gov. Rick Scott.
Gillum has spent plenty of time in South Florida of late, attending an event in Key West on Thursday before taking a six city bus tour throughout Miami-Dade County that included a stop at his boyhood home in Richmond Heights.
At the same time, Gillum’s opponent in the election – GOP candidate and former Rep. Ron DeSantis – has also made his presence felt in the area.
DeSantis attended events Thursday in Southwest Miami-Dade and Little Havana while his wife Casey will be at an event Friday in Miami Springs.
In relation, President Donald Trump will be in Florida's Panhandle on Saturday, Nov. 3, in hopes of giving a strategic boost to DeSantis, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is looking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.
Trump is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. at the Pensacola International Airport. It’s part of a pre-Midterm election trip through states with competitive races for Senate or governor. The president’s itinerary also includes a rally Saturday in Montana; Sunday in Georgia and Tennessee; and Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
The race for governor in Florida has been one that has drawn national attention in recent days, with Vermont Sen. and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attending a rally for Gillum earlier this week in Orlando while President Donald Trump headlined an event for DeSantis and Scott in Fort Myers on Wednesday and is scheduled to attend another one in North Florida this weekend.
In the latest Quinnipiac University poll taken last week, Gillum held a slight lead over DeSantis while a poll commissioned for Telemundo Florida Stations showed both Gillum and Nelson holding a lead over their opponents among Hispanic voters.