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Republicans, Democrats: Every vote's important today
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Republicans, Democrats: Every vote's important today




Whether you are registered Republican, Democrat or are politically unaffiliated, the message to you is the same, "Get out and vote.”

Rena’ Morris, Wilson County Board of Elections director, said she expects voter turnout to be big this election.

"We’ve had over 25,000 people vote in early elections in Wilson County,” Morris said. "There are 55,000 registered voters in Wilson County. We’ll be here at 5:30 and the polls open at 6:30 in the morning. It will be a very busy day.”

Polls show the presidential race is neck and neck.

A new poll by ABCNews/Washington Post puts Barack Obama up by 3 points. The poll showed them tied the day before at 48 points each. But a Gallup poll shows Mitt Romney ahead by one point.

Republican and Democrat headquarters and the Obama offices in Wilson were buzzing with activity all day Monday.

 

REPUBLICANS

The Republican candidate for Congress, George Holding, came to talk to Wilson residents Monday morning about why they need to get out the vote.

"People say this at each election, but this is truly the most important election we’ll ever see,” Holding said. "We’ll have to decide within the next 24 hours. So it is important to get out the vote.”

Holding, who is running for House District 13 against Charles Malone, said Republicans will need record numbers of people to come out and vote for their victory.

"We can take nothing for granted,” Holding said. "I will be out and going to every polling place until the polls are closed.”

Wayne King, State Republican party vice chairman, stopped in Wilson to encourage those gathered at the Republican headquarters to continue working.

"It is important and necessary to call your fiends and colleagues,” King said. "I think we will be successful because of that.”

King noted the importance of the N.C House 8 race where Republican Susan Martin faces Democrat Mark Bibbs.

King said Gary Proffitt, Wilson County GOP chairman, has done a terrific job.

"Gary has led the way and done a terrific job with volunteers, with phone calls,” King said. "He has excelled in getting our vote out. I’m proud of the work he has done in Wilson.”

Proffitt spent the last 24 hours making sure every precinct has Republican representation.

"I’ll be planning our victory party at Quince,” Proffitt said Monday afternoon. "From there I’m going to the board of elections to get a copy of our precinct judges names and telephone numbers. Then I’m coming back to headquarters assembling signs for the precincts and giving them slate cards and voter cards — things to hand out to Republicans interested in receiving that information.”

Then Proffit was on a phone call with Pat McCrory to see what is expected from each county.

Today, Proffitt expects to be up at 5 a.m. and will spend the day visiting each polling place.

Proffitt said he doesn’t want anyone to complain about the direction of the country or state if they don’t vote.

"It’s the public’s honor, duty and they should find pride in being able to vote for the person they want to be in charge — to be their spokesperson for the future,” Proffitt said. "One vote can make a difference. I just want people to remember to exercise that God given right that we have in the United States of America, and that is to go out and vote.”

Proffitt issued a warning.

"The first person I hear that complains about any elected official and I find out they did not vote, then I’m going to have a serious problem with that person,” Proffitt said. "Don’t complain if you don’t vote.”

Proffitt said he is looking for victories for Republicans on Tuesday in every race.

 

DEMOCRATS

There were no special guests at any of the offices that house Democrats Monday afternoon. Both Obama offices and the Democrat headquarters had very few people inside of them.

Instead, many Democrats were out knocking on doors.

Beth Punte, who was picking up literature at the Democrat headquarters, mirrored what others are saying.

"I hope everyone goes out and votes because it is so important — if they haven’t already voted,” Punte said. "We’re just out there sharing with people the Democratic Party’s stand and we want all Democrats elected Tuesday.”

Punte said she is a Democrat because they are inclusive.

"I see that Democrats are for everyone,” Punte said. "They don’t exclude people.”

Betty McCain came in out of the chilly weather Monday afternoon to get literature and let those in the Democrat office know she would be bringing dinner to them later.

"If a volunteer needs to keep working in the office, then we’ll bring dinner so they don’t have to go out,” McCain smiled.

McCain said it is important to work all the way and up to the end.

"There is always somebody who didn’t get the message,” McCain said.

McCain said it is also important to reach out to those who can’t get to the polls.

McCain said she remembers during one election she went to get a friend who was in her 80’s at 7:10 p.m.

"She had gone to bed,” McCain recalls. "I said get up Miss Bessy, you’ve got to vote. She said I’ve got on my night gown. I said put on your rain coat, come on. And she did. And she voted. She knew it mattered, but she was old and tired.”

McCain said she wants Wilson residents to know that this is one of the most important elections of their lives.

"If they want this country, this state, this city, this county to be progressive you need to vote, and you need to vote Democrat,” McCain said. "The other folks haven’t really told us what they’re going to do. They’re about to drown us in platitudes. I have worked as state party chairman, and I know what they’re going to do.”

Asa Gregory, Democrat chairman, said the last 24 hours is crunch time.

He said his goal Monday was to knock on 250 doors.

"We’re knocking on doors reminding people that voting starts at 6:30, stay in line and make sure you get your vote in,” Gregory said. "Take people to the polls.”

Gregory said he will be coordinating rides for those who need them Tuesday, after he has gotten volunteers all set up for the day.

"We still have a need for people to give out literature at the polls,” Gregory said.

 

janet@wilsontimes.com | 265-7847
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@Times Reader said...

So sterotypical of a republican.... FYI most college educated people are Democrats with jobs.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 11:04 AM
It's going to be a close .... said...

but my vote went to Bibbs. Either way I'm glad it's almost over and most of us can go back to being friendly with one another again no matter which candidate each of us supported. Good luck to you both Mark and Susan. I'm praying for both of you and both of your families today.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 9:41 AM
Vote for Susan Martin!! said...

Vote for Susan Martin!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 8:41 AM
TimesReader said...

The democrats will outvote the republicans 5 to 1 up until 5 pm this afternoon. Thats when the republicans get off work and will vote.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 7:58 AM
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