JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With the election seven days out, both presidential candidates are showing how important they believe Duval County is on the road to the White House.
Eddie Kahre and his wife, Kim, made voting a family affair, bringing their young children with them to the Supervisor of Elections office.
"We always make it a family event. Teach the kids your voice is important and counts," said Eddie Kahre, who noted that for him, the economy is the big issue.
Mitt Romney is bringing his campaign, which is based on a economic recovery, to Jacksonville on Wednesday, October 31, with a Victory Rally at Metro Park. The evening campaign event was originally had be slated to be held at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Romney's VP candidate, Paul Ryan, also made a First Coast campaign appearance on Monday, visiting Fernandina Beach.
Michelle Obama will stump for votes and energize the President's base with an appearance on Thursday, November 1, with an early afternoon stop at the Prime Osborne Convention Center.
Both parties say the First Coast is crucial in their candidate's strategy to win Florida.
"Everybody is talking about Duval, Hillsborough and Orange County, big important cities. Some counties around the bigger cities, we expect them to deliver not just 75%, 80% for Mitt Romney," said Lenny Curry who chairs the Florida Republican Party.
Justin Spiller, who heads up Florida Young Democrats, says Duval County is just as important, with the President four years ago getting 49% of the local vote.
"We anticipate taking Duval County this time around," said Spiller.
The Supervisor of Elections office says the deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Thursday, November 2. Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland is recommending that those ballots be put in the mail by Friday to ensure delivery by November 6, Election Day.
First Coast News