Last full week of campaigning before primary begins, with focus on getting voters to…..vote

But candidates – and allied groups – are struggling to make sure they don’t.

Unions, faith-based groups, political committees and the candidates themselves are pouring campaign dollars into get-out-the-vote efforts in this, the last full week of campaigning before the dog-days-of-summer Florida primary.

Florida Division of Elections statistics show primary turnout has been paltry during the past decade, in the 18-22 percent range. So, up and down the ballot, the candidates who can get their supporters to the polls are the ones likely to shape whether there’s a November general election in their future.

Topping the ballots for registered Democrats and Republicans is Florida’s U.S. Senate primary, a contest drawing dueling attention from the White House and Republican Senate leadership.

“What’s scary to me is just how low primary turnout is,” said U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Jupiter Democrat who is among five candidates seeking that party’s nomination for U.S. Senate.

Murphy has spent a lot of time courting union support, whose ability to push members, their families and friends to the polls could prove critical, he acknowledged.

“I want to make sure they’re helping me get out our vote,” Murphy said.

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