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Obama Campaign Looks To Black Churches In Fla.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The northeastern superstorm arrives in a stormy election season. Millions of people have already voted, and we're eight days away from Election Day, which is when a good campaign organization gets out its voters. Political pros note that superior organization can add a couple of percentage points to your total - enough to transform an election that's this close. We have reports, now, on the get-out-the-vote efforts in two battleground states, starting with NPR's Greg Allen in Miami, Florida.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Early voting began this weekend in Florida. And in Miami, it started with singing.

(SOUNDBITE OF A CAPELLA SINGING)

(SOUNDBITE OF CHURCH SERVICE)

ALLEN: Yesterday, African-American ministers across the state took the early vote message directly to their congregations. At New Birth Baptist Church in Miami, the guest speaker was activist and minister Al Sharpton. He talked about the civil rights struggle over the right to vote; and the Romney agenda, one he said would hurt African-Americans.

THE REV. AL SHARPTON: Everything that we fought for, is at stake. So if you don't appreciate the past, you'd better vote for the present.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

ALLEN: President Obama carried Florida, four years ago. This election, though, most statewide polls show Republican Mitt Romney with a narrow lead. Democrats are hoping they can take advantage of early voting, and mobilize enough Obama supporters to prove those polls wrong.

Greg Allen, NPR News, Miami. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.