Alex Sink makes get out the vote phone calls in Tampa

08/24/10 Seán Kinane
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Alex Sink faces Brian Moore in the Democratic primary for governor, but Sink is expected to become the party’s official nominee soon after polls close tonight. She visited the Hillsborough Democratic Executive Committee headquarters in Tampa this afternoon where a room full of volunteers helped get out the vote.

Sink made phone calls to regular primary voters on a list of those who had not yet voted. She didn’t reach anyone in person, but left several voice mail messages. Her poll numbers may have gotten a boost recently because voters were turned off by the infighting between Republican candidates Rick Scott and Bill McCollum. But beginning tomorrow, the Republicans will have a nominee. Sink says that she can weather the boost that will give the GOP.

There are more registered Democrats in Florida than Republicans. Despite this, four years ago they were unable to take the Governor’s mansion when Jim Davis lost to Charlie Crist. The task appears just as difficult this year since a popular Democrat jettisoned the party to run without party affiliation. But Sink says she isn’t worried about Bud Chiles pulling votes away.

But Sink would not say she supports Chiles being included in election debates.

Sink supporter John McGrath is one of the get-out-the-vote volunteers who greeted the state’s Chief Financial Officer at the party headquarters.

McGrath says he also voted for Dan Gelber in the Attorney General race and Kendrick Meek to be the Democrats’ nominee for U.S. Senate.

Polls closed at 7pm.

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