Palin Rallies Base in Florida

Former AK Gov. Sarah Palin campaigns with Senate hopeful Marco Rubio Saturday, October 24. (AP Photo)

Former AK Gov. Sarah Palin campaigns with Senate hopeful Marco Rubio Saturday, October 24. (AP Photo)

ORLANDO, FL- Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin warned a few thousand energized Florida Republicans at a fundraising rally Saturday that while they have the momentum, they must avoid overconfidence in the final days before the November 2nd election.

"The momentum is with us, but now is not the time to let up," Palin told the crowd of around 2,500. "Now is the time where we dig deep."

"It ain't over until its over these last 10 days. We can't be thinking we've got it in the bag. We can't get cocky; we got to keep on working extremely hard. We got to leave dancing to stars," Palin added, the last line a reference to her daughter Bristol's participation in the popular dance contest show.

Palin said that this was the most important election of her life, and she urged voters to continue supporting and volunteering for GOP nominees, like Senate candidate Marco Rubio, in the last week and a half.

Earlier in the afternoon, Rubio also spoke to the raucous crowd, encouraging them to vote.

"There's no excuse not to vote. You can vote early, you can vote by mail and you can vote by election day," Rubio said. "There is no reason not to vote, and never in our lifetime has there been a more important election than this one. In the U.S. Senate, it's not just a choice between a Republican, a Democrat and an opportunist," he added, taking a shot at independent candidate Governor Charlie Crist.

The event was one of two major RNC fundraising rallies, both of which featured Palin and party Chairman Michael Steele. The other took place in California. Steele elicited perhaps the largest ovation of the day, directing the audience, "You tell them why Florida is back; you tell them why America is back: Because you're gonna fire Pelosi, you are going to retire Harry Reid, you're gonna elect Marco Rubio, you're going to elect Rick Scott-you're going put your team in place!"