Decision 2012

Nov 5, 2012 5:53 PM by Lorraine Rivera

Phones critical for last-minute campaigning

TUCSON - It's a race against time for the Republican and Democratic parties in Pima County. Each group says they're making at least 1,000 calls to voters every day.

Carolyn Cox from the Republican Party said volunteers were calling voters to remind them to turn in their ballots. She said there are still undecided voters, adding, "they know that the gasoline prices have doubled, that means that everything you buy in the store costs more money. We have the debt: instead of cutting it like President Obama promised, he's doubled it."

Brandon Patrick at the Democratic phone bank made his own pitch to voters: "At the local level again here, it's about balancing out this state. You know neither side is necessarily right or wrong but what we've had is 40 years of failed leadership from a Republican state legislature that has made us the laughing stock nationwide. We're trying to change that."

Every volunteer has their own reason for helping getting out the vote. Eighteen-year-old Amanda Oien, a Republican, will vote for the first time Tuesday. "I think we really someone who is honest and that will work hard for for the American people and that can have job growth, a better economy, so we're not owned by China," she said.

Jeanne Christie is unemployed and volunteering to help reach female voters. "This is a very delicate election for women because if the wrong people get in, we lose a lot of the rights that I marched for 40 years ago," she said.

Polls close Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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