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Final pushes before the big election Tuesday

by Jamie Grey

DUBUQUE (KWWL) Republicans are manning the phones, knocking on doors and selling tickets to Governor Palin's stop in Dubuque scheduled for Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Grand River Center.

Palin hopes to rally the Republican vote in the final hours before polls open Tuesday morning. Free tickets to the event are available at the Dubuque County Republican Headquarters near the K-Mart off Highway 20. Doors open at noon with the program starting at 2:00 p.m.

"There's always that last minute push to get the vote out, so whatever we can do to encourage people to get out to vote. The more of our people we have out, the better opportunity we have," said John Markham with the Dubuque County Republican Party.

While it might seem late to be campaigning, party officials say it's not too late to get more votes.

"There's still a lot of people, in spite of all the publicity and all the talk and all the things you hear, there's still a number of people that need that extra push to get them out to vote. That's the people you want out there," said Markham.

Democratic candidates are using the last few days before Tuesday for a 39 city campaign bus tour of Iowa.

"I don't know about you, but I'm fired up, and I'm ready to go!" said Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA).

"We don't have much further to go, and that's why we need everybody. The more we do, the more we're going to be proud waking up on the morning after election day," said Braley.

"We're going to all these rallies all over the state of Iowa because we know it's not over until that last voter goes in at 9:00 on Tuesday night, and we're encouraging all of our people to come out and help us get the vote out on Tuesday," said Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).

Online Reporter: Jamie Grey
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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