Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign bus rolled Wednesday morning into Doral, the Hispanic-dominated industrial center of Miami-Dade that also houses the county's elections headquarters. The bus parked across the street at an Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurant, where Scott and running mate Carlos Lopez-Cantera touted the governor's Tuesday night debate performance.
"Charlie Crist, I could not believe what he said last night," Lopez-Cantera said. "He admitted that he was no good at being governor."
The Republicans also stressed the GOP's lead in the number of early ballots cast so far.
"We're doing unbelievably on absentee ballots," Scott said. "Historically, Republicans didn't get out in early voting… We've got to get our votes out."
Lopez-Cantera said he was overwhelmed with emotion when he cast his ballot Monday, because when he started in politics, he told former Gov. Jeb Bush that he'd never be on a statewide ballot "because I have a hyphenated last name."
"My eyes watered" at the ballot booth, Lopez-Cantera said, choking back tears. "I just wish my grandfather was here today to see this."
Scott fielded a few questions from reporters but, like in the debate, wouldn't say whether he supports a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
"Everything will be on the table" with comprehensive reform, Scott said. "But you don't do things piecemeal. Things shouldn't be left to the states, to have to decide on these things."
Scott unsuccessfully backed an Arizona-style crackdown bill in 2011.
Before hopping back on the bus, Doral police officers stopped traffic on Northwest 87th Avenue to allow Scott to cross the street to the elections department, where his supporters had the option to vote.