Statewide candidates begin final campaign pushes

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Missouri News Horizon
— With just a few days left before voters head to the polls on election day, there is little left for candidates to do besides making sure their supporters actually vote.

That is why Republicans and Democrats alike began statewide tours this week to get out the vote among their supports.

On Thursday night at a packed union hall in northern Kansas City, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill urged her supporters to make phone calls and knock on doors to encourage more individuals to come out in support.

“I know what mom would do,” McCaskill said, reflecting on the recent passing of her mother. “She would talk to people who made a difference.”

McCaskill said voters should understand the contrasts between she and her opponent, Republican Todd Akin, and said making phone calls to get out the vote and prevent him being a U.S. Senator is sometimes “the most patriotic thing you can do.”

Earlier in the night across town in Lee’s Summit, the Republican ticket (without Akin and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder) also touted their efforts to get out the vote. Ed Martin, chairman of the party’s “Victory” operation, said he believes the entire ticket has a shot with presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s popularity here coupled with an active ground game.

“Start by praying and end by voting, and do everything you can for the days in-between,” Martin said.

Akin is scheduled to participate in rallies in Kansas City, Jefferson City, and St. Louis on Saturday touting his candidacy.