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ON THE TRAIL

Counting on Gore in Florida

October 31, 2008|Kate Linthicum

Al Gore will return to the state that cost him the 2000 presidential election today to campaign for Barack Obama, the first time he has hit the trail for the Democratic nominee.

Gore is expected to urge supporters at rallies in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to vote early, said Obama's Florida campaign director, Steve Schale. "Nobody knows better that every single vote counts -- especially in Florida -- than Vice President Al Gore," he said.

Gore lost his race for the White House when the Supreme Court stopped a 36-day vote recount in Florida with George W. Bush ahead by 537 votes.

Florida has been getting a lot of attention from the candidates.

On Wednesday, Republican John McCain crisscrossed the state, and on Thursday his campaign released a television commercial featuring Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Last week, Obama held events in Tampa, Miami and Orlando (where he was joined by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton). And on Wednesday, he was joined by former President Clinton at a late-night rally in Orlando, the first time the two have campaigned together.

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