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Final push for NC Democrats and Republicans

Posted November 5, 2016

— It’s now a sprint for Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina, and the state republican headquarters was bustling with activity Saturday night.

“We have a lot of McCrory signs we’re still putting together. These will go to major roadways,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican party.

Just a few blocks away on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, volunteers at the Democratic headquarters were hard at work.

“The last several hours, we have been absolutely insane, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Sarah, a volunteer with the North Carolina Democratic party.

Both groups are focused on the push to the finish line on November 8.

“Bottom line we know this is a make it or break it state,” Sarah said.

Wake County voters broke a record with more than 300,000 residents casting their ballots during the early voting cycle, which is up 40,000 from last year's early voting numbers.

“Early voting really did help accommodate people that maybe Election Day was not going to work out for them,” said Gary Sims, deputy director of the Wake County Board of Elections.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties know there are still people who have yet to cast ballots. Each has a strategy for reaching voters. Republicans will rely heavily on signage and knocking on doors.

“These people are going to be working here all weekend, and we’ll be looking at the data to see exactly who we need to get out who hasn’t voted yet,” Woodhouse said.

Democrats are also hitting the neighborhoods and phone banks.

“We’re having them call those who have not yet voted and we’re making sure that they are going to get out and vote,” Sarah said.


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