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Crist Reaching Out To Black Voters, Calls Their Vote 'Critical' To Winning Election

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist was at FAMU Tuesday for a campaign event.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist was at FAMU Tuesday for a campaign event.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says the black vote is crucial to winning the upcoming general election against Republican Governor Rick Scott. On Tuesday, Crist made those remarks in Tallahassee at the historically black university, Florida A and M.

During a campaign event touting higher education, Crist said the turnout in the African American community is very critical, and encouraged FAMU students to help get others to the polls.

“Let me go back four years ago,” said Crist. “Four years ago in the Governor’s race, when Rick Scott first ran, the percentage of the African American in that electorate was 11 percent. If that had been 11.9, he wouldn’t have won. See what I'm saying? It’s really, really important to get family members out, to get friends back home out.”

Crist also said he’s been going to black churches across the state, sometimes several a day. He says he’s gearing up for “Souls to the Polls,” the Sunday before Election Day and a popular day for African Americans to vote following the Sunday service.

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