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Bill Clinton speaks at campaign rally in St. Petersburg

Posted at 11:18 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 23:18:42-04

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in St. Petersburg one week before the general election. 

He spoke at the Thomas "Jet" Jackson Recreation Center at Wildwood Park, Tuesday evening. He told people to take advantage of early voting.

"If you have voted, please volunteer to help us get more people there," he said.

Florida is a key battleground state and the candidates know it.

"When she says we're stronger together, she means all of you and her opponent says no we're not," Clinton said.

Clinton told voters Hillary Clinton will unite our country. Democrats are focused on the African American vote.

"I do believe that we as (an) African American community need to go out and vote for Hillary Clinton to keep the progress going," Jalon Edwards, who voted early, said.

Some people, who attended the rally Tuesday evening, believe the African American turnout will be big.

"As President Barack Obama said, you cannot go backwards. It will be an insult to his presidency for us not to turn out because everything is still on the table," Pinellas County Commissioner Kenneth Welch said.

Welch said the youth and the faith community have spread the message to vote early and he is confident there will be a large turnout during Souls to the Polls this weekend.

"I think Hillary has talked about the facts (and) talks about what she would do as president," Commissioner Welch said.

Some people are undecided about who they will vote for next week or you may feel like Brian Wilkens. He voted early, but decided to leave the presidential section of the ballot blank.

"I actually already early voted so and I just turned the page on that one. I didn't want to be blamed for anything," Wilkens said.