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Tampa, Florida -- Both presidential candidates have amassed legal teams that are ready to take the battle from the campaign trail to the courtroom come Wednesday morning.

Already Democrats have filed two suits in Florida to extend early voting. But experts say that is probably just the beginning in what is expected to be a very close race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

"We've got county leads in all 67 counties and we've got a couple hundred lawyers just here in Tampa that are acting as a legal boiler room for the whole state," said Scott Arceneaux the executive director for the Florida Democratic Party.

Romney campaign spokesman Jeff Bechdel declined to talk about their legal preps, instead issued the following statement:

"We are committed to ensuring an open and fair election for all Americans and we are confident we will win the election decisively on November 6th."

Most political observers believe issues that could be the focal point of some lawsuits include: voter access, provisional ballots, voter identification requirements and even Hurricane Sandy's impact on voting.

Any potential lawsuits could also delay the results of Tuesday's election if it is a close race, since recounts can't be done until a canvass is completed and you can't do a canvass until you verify the provisional ballots.

"I think it is not unreasonable to expect that early Wednesday morning, we still won't know with confidence who the next president of the U.S. is," added University of Tampa Associate Professor of Communication and Government Dr. Scott Paine.

Combined, it's believed both the Obama and Romney campaigns have thousands of lawyers in Florida alone ready to help with any challenges that may pop up on Tuesday.

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