Candidates rally supporters on final weekend

October 31, 2010 5:52:05 PM PDT
We are down to just two days before the mid-term elections and the candidates are rallying supporters across the state.

Senate candidate Carly Fiorina held a campaign event in Walnut Creek Sunday. She was at the Rossmore Retirement Community speaking to her GOP base. There were other campaign events all around California Sunday but Fiorina's was the only one in the Bay Area for statewide races

It is the final stretch and around the Bay Area, the race is on in the countdown to Election Day. In San Francisco, Democrats took to the phones hoping that even in traditionally low-turnout mid-term elections, they might be able to convince voters to show as much enthusiasm this time around as they did when Barack Obama became president.

"We're really trying to associate the candidates with the president, calling Barbara Boxer and Jerry McNerney 'allies of the president,'" explained Wendy Aragon, field organizer for Organizing for America.

In Alameda County, the labor unions headed out to knock on doors and meet voters face-to-face.

"My concern is getting every working person out to vote. So, I think if we can do that, we'll do fine in this election," said labor organizer Cheryl Brown.

Fremont Congressman Pete Stark, facing a re-election challenge himself, rallied volunteers with an anti-Republican pep talk.

"The program that they're out is to embarrass the president, to cause the Democratic program to fail, and we can't let that happen," he told voters.

With just two days left, many voters have already made up their minds, casting ballots in early voting. However, where the races remain tight, the campaign goes on.

Senator Barbara Boxer is fighting to keep her seat. On the final Sunday before Election Day, she reached out to Latino voters in Southern California. Her Republican challenger, former Hewlett Packard Chief Carly Fiorina, made a last-minute appeal to East Bay retirees.

Both sides agree. The race now boils down to who can turn out the most supporters come Tuesday.

"I think it's time to hold Barbara Boxer accountable for 28 years of failed performance on the behalf of the people of California," Fiorina told a crowd.

Fiorina came out swinging against Boxer in Walnut Creek, but the polls actually show Fiorina trailing behind, 41 percent to Boxer's 49 percent. Much of the campaign has been focused on jobs, but on Sunday Fiorina spoke about reigning in government spending. Still, there is no denying that the point of Sunday's event was to mobilize her GOP base and get them to show up at the polls on Tuesday.


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