Published: Oct 27, 2010 5:47 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 2:44 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Gubernatorial hopeful Alex Sink made quick but crucial stop in Southwest Florida Wednesday.

The Democratic candidate for governor met cheers from a crowd of about 200 at the Harborside Event Center in Downtown Fort Myers Wednesday.

She told local supporters the area was the first to feel the impact of the foreclosure crisis in Florida and vowed to return here immediately if elected to get business bustling again.

This governor's race has been contentious, and the polls have consistently showed Sink and her opponent Rick Scott in a dead heat.

In Monday's final debate the two exchanged some biting attacks.

Both have accused each other of fraud and a new ad out from the Scott campaign calls Sink a cheater.

The claim is made in reference to an incident at Monday's debate where Sink's make-up artist showed her a text message- an infraction of debate rules.

Sink promises she didn't read it and has fired the aide who sent it.

She was joined on stage Wednesday by teachers, firefighters and police officers.

She touted endorsements from the Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.

She says the two law enforcement groups have not backed a Democrat for governor in 20 years.

Scott will make stops in Southwest Florida Sunday and Monday.