Voters on the fence could decide who wins, loses

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Tampa, Florida- Less than 48 hours before Florida's primary election, latest polls show more than half of would-be voters haven't made up their minds.

That means that after months of seeing those ads on TV, costing the candidates millions of dollars, apparently it's still not enough to convince some people.

The latest Mason-Dixon poll shows 25 percent of Democrats are undecided in the senate race.

The same poll shows 15 percent of Republicans don't know who they'll pick for governor.

On top of that, a Quinnipiac University poll finds of those who have decided, 32 percent say they could still change their minds.

"It doesn't surprise me that there are large numbers," said 10 News Political Analyst Bill Ratliff.

Ratliff says all the negative ads are causing voters to be unmotivated about picking any candidate.

"It's like two brothers arguing with each other.  People just get fed up," Ratliff explained.

Among all the candidates, Ratliff says the one who stands to gain the most from those undecided voters who don't show up is Kendrick Meek.

"Jeff Greene needs those undecideds.  If they don't turn out, he's history," Ratliff said.

Meek was part of a Democratic rally Sunday night in Tampa. 

He says it's voters on the fence keeping the candidates busy between now and Tuesday.

"I think it's going to make a big difference.  My election day will start at 4 a.m. at a bus depot to get people out to vote," Meek said of the last-minute campaigning.

He'll be back out in the Bay area on Monday.

Bill McCollum and Rick Scott are expected to do the same.

Many candidates also changed their schedules at the last minute, so others may be around as well.

Adam Freeman, 10 News

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