Candidates, volunteers make minute campaign push

CREATED Nov. 4, 2012

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MILWAUKEE-- Campaign volunteers are burning the midnight oil trying to pick up every last minute vote before Tuesday.

And everywhere you look, there seems to be a reminder to vote. From window signs at the corporate stores like the Gap, to small shops on Brady Street.

"It's been daily now. Calls from colorado. Iowa."

Bayview resident Tony Saldutte is tired of the endless robo calls.

"I'm ready for it to be over. I think most people are decided."

But with just three days until the election, volunteers for Mitt Romney and President Obama are hard at work on the phones and door-to-door.

Volunteers with the Republican Party of Wauwatosa plan to knock on nearly 4,000 doors in less than 48 hours.

"If the electorate was a redwood tree, we've now narrowed down to the tooth pick that final little bit of people that we know need to go out and vote," explained volunteer Mark Bednar with the Republican Party.

Both sides say they'll have volunteers knocking on doors until polls close on Tuesday.

And political experts say those get out the vote efforts could make a big difference on who wins.

The latest Marquette Law School Poll has President Obama leading Romney 51 to 43 percent here in Wisconsin with a margin of error of plus or minus three points.

But the poll's director says it's within two points when you look at those who are both most likely to vote and who follow politics most closely.

So, tactics have become micro-targeted.

In Bayview residents got a so-called voter report card comparing their voting record with their neighbors, using public record.

And in an automated call targeting absentee voters, Mitt Romney tells them he knows they have a ballot that's still in their hands and asks for their vote.

"I think that might be crossing the line a bit," said Saldutte.