Al Gore is a hero to me and I’m sure I’m not alone. He meets up with Barack Obama in Florida later today, campaigning with him this weekend. It’s a fitting finale to what has been quite a few days for Obama.

“Nobody knows better that every single vote counties — especially in Florida — than Vice President Al Gore,” Obama state director Steve Schale said in a written statement. Gore will be urging people to vote early “so no amount of chads, butterflies or undervotes can stand between Floridians and the change we need.”

Gore is part of a stronger-than-expected Obama push in Florida. The Illinois Democrat has held three rallies in less than 24 hours, with 35,000 people showing up on an unseasonably cold night in Kissimmee on Wednesday to see him campaign with former president Bill Clinton.

Polls show a close race in a state where a victory would likely seal Obama’s capture of the White House eight years after Gore fell agonizingly short.