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Naked Politics Obama cuts last-minute radio ad for Charlie Crist

@PatriciaMazzei

An ad for Democrat Charlie Crist for Florida governor featuring President Barack Obama has been airing since at least Monday on a Miami radio station with a predominantly African-American audience.

"This is it, Florida," the ad begins. "This is Barack Obama."

A female narrator explains how voters can find their polling place. Then it's Obama again:

Naked Politics As polls open, 3.1m already voted; Dems cut GOP early ballot lead to 98k, 3.3%

@MarcACaputo

Regardless of who wins or loses or if there's a recount, this is the last tally of pre-Election Day ballots and, like the others, it's good news bad news for both sides.

First the overall picture: as of Election Day morning, more than 3.1 million people had voted. That's probably more than half of the likely voters in this election (assuming a turnout of 49 or 50 percent).

Naked Politics Follow Election Day news on Miami Herald's live blog all day, all night

The Miami Herald has reporters at more than a dozen polling locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Election Day.

We will be monitoring wait times and any other problems at polling locations. We will be interviewing voters to ask about the following:

OS Political Pulse Video, Photos from Clinton & Crist election-eve rally in Orlando

Former president Bill Clinton brought his star power to the Crist campaign with an election-eve rally at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Monday night.

Naked Politics Florida: Mega checks, super donors led to costliest mid-term election in the nation

It’s now official: This year’s state elections are the costliest in Florida history, and the nation’s most expensive.

Naked Politics GOP leads Dems by 7K ballots in FL-26

@PatriciaMazzei

We haven't done day-to-day tracking of the early ballots cast by mail and in person in the tight race for Congressional District 26. But Monday's data from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties -- the district extends from Westchester to Key West -- shows Republicans have a lead over Democrats of almost 7,000 pre-Election Day ballots cast.

Naked Politics Escaped Miami inmate captured in Palm Beach County

@Jknipebrown

The inmate who escaped from Dade Correctional Institution on Halloween morning was captured Monday evening in Palm Beach County.

Ronald “Psycho’’ McCoy, a convicted armed robber serving two life sentences, was arrested about 5 p.m. after he was spotted by West Palm Beach police at a gas station.

His capture followed a long and chaotic weekend for officers and inmates at Dade Correctional, where he escaped Friday morning by hiding in a trash cart.

Naked Politics Florida House District 64 race gets even more complicated

If you cast a vote in Tuesday’s state House race between Rep. Jamie Grant and challenger Miriam Steinberg, it might count.

Then again, it might not.

The two Republican candidates — and write-in candidate Daniel John Matthews — are mired in a complicated lawsuit that grew even more complex on Election Day eve.

Naked Politics Bondi makes sure class-action-settlement paid before Election Day

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi last week had good news for about 15,000 consumers who bought a liquid crystal display television, computer or monitor between 1999 and 2006.

They were being reimbursed between $43 and $87 for each product they bought, thanks to a settlement with electronics manufacturers, including Toshiba and Mitsubishi, who were accused by Florida and seven other states of price rigging.

Naked Politics Pam Bondi, Jeb Bush rally Republican voters in Tampa

Attorney General Pam Bondi, left, is joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a rally at the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa on Monday. (Photo by James Borchuck, Tampa Bay Times)

@WilliamRLevesqu 

OS Political Pulse NYTimes Polling: All CF Congressional seats safe

New polling results released Monday by New York Times / CBS News / YouGov Battleground Tracker doesn't offer much drama in any of the Central Florida Congressional races. The closest: U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Be patient: Vote counting in Miami-Dade, Broward is labor intensive

@PatriciaMazzei

The anxious wait for election results begins when the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Open web browser. Find results page. Click “refresh.” Again. And again. And again.

Sometimes the waits in Miami-Dade and Broward counties extend well past 10 o’clock. Why, the restless ask, aren’t the numbers posted any faster?

Because counting votes, at least in Florida’s two most populated counties, turns out to be quite labor intensive.

Naked Politics Hillary Clinton machine: Don't release recording of robocall for Miami Rep. Joe Garcia

@PatriciaMazzei

President Barack Obama recorded a robocall for Miami Rep. Joe Garcia last week. Vice President Joe Biden came to stump for him Sunday.

Naked Politics Crist and Taddeo travel through the heart of their base on final day

By Kathryn Varn and Amy Sherman

Charlie Crist and running mate Annette Taddeo launched a day-long bus tour through the heart of their base on Monday beginning with a get out the vote rally in the minority-rich communities of Allapattah and Lauderdale Lakes. 

Naked Politics U.S. Supreme Court will hear 'water wars' lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up Florida's lawsuit against Georgia over its "unchecked" use of the water that flows between the two states, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday.

Scott called the development "huge news and a major victory for Florida."

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor thinking of leaving GOP still plans to vote for Florida Gov. Rick Scott

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez caused a stir among Republicans when he said last week he's considering leaving the party to become an independent.

But he still plans to vote for Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, the mayor said Monday.

Naked Politics FSU student group to protest Thrasher presidency

A Florida State student group will spend Monday protesting Republican state Sen. John Thrasher's appointment to university's top job.

FSU's Board of Trustees tapped Thrasher to lead the university in September. 

Naked Politics Souls to the Polls gives Dems major boost, close early vote gap to 100k

@MarcACaputo

Looks like Souls to the Polls was a success after all.

In just one day of early in-person voting, Democrats took a major bite out of the GOP's pre-Election Day ballot lead, which now stands at roughly 100,000. That's an improvement of more than 25,000 ballots in Democrats' favor.

OS Political Pulse More polls: Florida governor's race too close to call

TALLAHASSEE -- It wouldn't be a photo-finish gubernatorial contest without a rush of pollsters proclaiming at T-minus One Day that the race between Republican Gov.

Florida Politics More polls: Florida governor's race too close to call

TALLAHASSEE -- It wouldn't be a photo-finish gubernatorial contest without a rush of pollsters proclaiming at T-minus One Day that the race between Republican Gov.

Naked Politics St. Pete Polls: Charlie Crist and Rick Scott tied at 45%

@MarcACaputo

St. Pete Polls, a robo-polling firm from (of all places) St. Petersburg, releases this morning's Goldilocks poll.

GOP-leaning 0ptimus finds the race for governor tied, but leaning 2 points in Gov. Rick Scott's favor.

Naked Politics 0ptimus FL poll: Rick Scott 43%, Charlie Crist 41%; Wyllie 10%

@MarcACaputo

Don't like this morning's Quinnipiac University poll showing Democrat Charlie Crist ahead of Gov. Rick Scott by an inside-the-error-margin amount of 1 percentage point?

Naked Politics Q Poll: Charlie Crist 42%, Rick Scott 41%, Wyllie (7%) draws more from Crist

@MarcACaputo

Yup, it's still tied.

Quinnipiac University this morning released a pre-Election Day poll showing Democrat Charlie Crist nursing a 1 percentage point lead over Gov. Rick Scott -- making the race basically a dead heat. Quinnipiac didn't include its poll demographics in its press release. So all you polling unskewers will have to wait.

Here's the press release:

Naked Politics Poll-prediction guru Nate Silver gives Charlie Crist a "slight" 60% chance of winning

@MarcACaputo

Naked Politics Will Souls to the Polls be a boom or bust for Charlie Crist?

@MarcACaputo et al

Sunday was for spiritual as well as political salvation, a day in Florida politics for “Souls to the Polls.”

The last day for in-person early voting, Sunday is a time when black voters have flexed their political muscle and cast ballots in droves after church. The lift was heavy Sunday: help the Democratic Party — and especially Charlie Crist — eat into Republicans’ 126,000 lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots.

Naked Politics PPP: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist tied at 44 percent, medical marijuana dying

@MarcACaputo

It has been said for months that the Florida governor's race will go down to the wire, that no candidate leads outside the margin of error in any reputable poll.

Now comes Public Policy Polling to put an exclamation on that with a poll showing Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist tied at 44 percent each.

Naked Politics Former warden at Dade prison: Every area of prison is either broken or corrupted

@Jknipebrown

At 2 a.m., warden Jerry Cummings decided to make a surprise visit to Dade Correctional Institution. He ordered officers at the gate to keep quiet as he sneaked into one of the dorms housing some of the prison’s most violent inmates.

Inside, he recalls, he found doors wide open, an unstaffed officers’ station, guards asleep and a roster count of inmates that didn’t add up.

Naked Politics Map the candidates: In final push, Crist and Scott take case directly to voters

From Jacksonville to Miami and Naples to The Villages, Florida's candidates for governor are criss-crossing the state in a final push to get out voters.

Naked Politics Faith, free food for 'Souls to the Polls' in Jacksonville

Jacksonville's Duval County was one of 11 counties that offered early voting Sunday, and on a brisk, cloudless day, Democrats tried to take full advantage with a last-minute push among churchgoing black voters known as "Souls to the Polls."

Naked Politics Biden to speak at Mount Hermon church in Fort Laud

Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking at Mount Hermon, a black church, in Fort Lauderdale this afternoon to campaign for Democrat Charlie Crist.