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While most polls spell doom and gloom for Democrats Tuesday, the party believes it still has one glimmer of hope for hanging onto seats in tight races: high voter turnout.
A senior Democratic official tells The New York Times that while Republicans have mostly poured their money into advertising, Democrats in a number of states have focused on funding and organizing get-out-the vote efforts.
In Colorado, for example, volunteers will have knocked on 670,000 doors and made more than a million phone calls in the final four days of the campaign. The goal: to alert voters that Democratic candidates still have a chance, despite polls that might say otherwise.
Democrats have rallied the troops in a handful of other key states. According to the Times:
NEVADA: Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, is relying on an aggressive, established ground game to defeat Republican Sharron Angle. His campaign will have 1,025 election day volunteers. On Saturday and Sunday, his campaign supporters made more than 64,000 calls and knocked on more than 62,000 doors.
ILLINOIS: To keep President Obama's old Senate seat in Democratic hands, Democrats have recruited more than 20,000 volunteers for get-out-the-vote shifts, operating out of 191 staging locations. In the last days of the campaign for Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, supporters are aiming to knock on 950,000 doors.
And in Washington, supporters of Sen. Patty Murray are volunteering to knock on 150,000 doors and staff nearly 100 phone bank locations in the last hours before the election.
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