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How Florida is Biden campaigning with Buffett?

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Jimmy Buffett as Buffett takes the stage at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Monday. At left is St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Jimmy Buffett as Buffett takes the stage at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Monday. At left is St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman.

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Bombers on, shirtsleeves rolled to the elbows, Joe Biden took the stage at happy hour and roared one last invocation to the masses.

"Man, you are some state," he said. "It always comes down to Florida."

So it does, doesn't it? Which is why on the final night of this endless, maddening 2016 campaign, the vice president called on the ultimate Florida Man, Jimmy Buffett, for a free voter rally on behalf of Hillary Clinton at Albert Whitted Park.

It sounded like a headline from The Onion — "Joe Biden Hitches Last-Minute Flight To Florida For Free Jimmy Buffett Concert" — but as the sun set behind the Salvador Dali Museum, Election Day hours away, it also offered Floridians one last chance to soak in the surreality of it all.

"I get to pinch myself a lot at work," said U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, who spoke before Buffett and Biden, a day after campaigning with President Obama and Stevie Wonder in Kissimmee. "Growing up in the Keys, (Buffett) is an icon. To have him now doing a little show to help encourage people to vote for you is pretty cool."

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[Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2016 7:43pm]

    

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