First lady Michelle Obama is trying to energize the student vote in one of the most crucial states in her husband's bid for a second term as president.
Mrs. Obama held a rally at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Monday before heading north to Florida State University, where thousands of tickets were given away for the event.
Before the Gainesville event, Mrs. Obama stopped at Girls Place Inc., which provides programs for economically disadvantaged girls. She sang and danced with about 40 elementary school-aged girls and met separately with two other groups.
The first lady has been a frequent visitor to Florida, which, with 29 electoral votes, is the largest toss up state and the most sought after prize in the presidential election.