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Rudy stresses early voting

From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger
HAILEAH, FL -- The Giuliani campaign is zigging as the other Republican campaigns zag, spending caucus night rallying a mostly Cuban-American audience outside of Miami.

But campaign officials say they aren't here because they're expecting a poor showing in Iowa. For them, the battle is Florida -- and the time is now.

Campaign aides note that they are actively reaching out to potential absentee voters in the Sunshine State, and believe that more people will have the potential to vote here today than in Iowa, since 117,000 absentee ballot requests have been received throughout the state.

The campaign is pushing supporters to vote by absentee ballot, because it minimizes weather, long lines, and other circumstances keeping people from the polls. The campaign estimates they are reaching out to 100,000 voters each week in Florida, and stressing the early voting.

Look for Giuliani to talk up the Floridians going to the polls when he makes the rounds of television stations this evening from a Miami studio.