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Michelle Obama urges Orlando voters to get to the polls Tuesday

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ORLANDO, Fla. - It was the first lady's last solo campaign stop.

Just after 6 p.m. she took center stage, in front of a crowd of 2,600 people at Southport Community Park in Orlando.

She was making a final push along the I-4 corridor as the president rallied supporters in the Midwest.

"It all comes down to what happens in a few key battle ground states, like right here in Florida," said the first lady.

She highlighted key issues, including the economy, education and women's rights to a diverse crowd, where it seemed to hit home.

"Education, healthcare, it's not one thing, it's a whole ball of wax," said voter Fran Hutchens. "We all have a stake in this, and it's about the future, it's about women, it's about the Latino population."

The Obama campaign appeared to be well aware of the importance of the Latino vote. Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin introduced the first lady.

"If we want a president that wants this country to move forward and not take it back 50 years in time, then vote for President Obama," Martin told the crowd.

Although many at the event seemed to have already made up their minds, the first lady said the job's not done.

"Are you fired up? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves for the next 24, 48 hours and work and talk to everyone you know? Get to the polls. Help others get to the polls, because we can make this happen," she told the crowd.

President Barack Obama, who will touch down in several battleground states over the next two days, will eventually be joined by the first lady on the campaign trail in Iowa on Tuesday.

WFTV political analyst Dr. Rick Foglesong said Obama is more focused on states in the Midwest.

“I don't think Democrats had a lot of optimism about winning Florida in the first place,” Foglesong said.

Foglesong said Florida is a must-win for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, but the president can win a second term without the state.

“Barack Obama does not need Florida, therefore it's not so critical for the president to be here to defend himself,” said Foglesong.

Michelle Obama spoke at rallies in Jacksonville, Daytona and Miami last week to push Democrats' get-out-the-vote efforts in Florida.