October 30, 2012
With seven days to go, the countdown to Election Day is almost up, and the local political parties want to make sure as many people get to the polls as possible.
From the Mitt Romney campaign headquarters in Albemarle Square to the Barack Obama victory office on the Downtown Mall, the phone calls are consistent as both parties continue their "get out the vote" campaign.
"The campaign goes on," said Jim Nix, co-chair of the Charlottesville Democratic Party. "We have lots of volunteers contacting voters. We're talking to them about the president's plan to build the economy from the middle out."
Storm conditions from the former Hurricane Sandy have kept volunteers mostly indoors the past couple of days, so they've been focusing on those phone calls to reach as many voters as possible.
Both parties say they are confident in their efforts with seven days to go.
"We'll be making phone calls and doubling up the effort to have longer days from now until the Election Day to get all those phone calls made and all those doors knocked on," said Cindi Burket, chair of the Albemarle County Republican Committee.
As the storm passes, the momentum is only beginning. Both parties say this weekend is going to require a lot of manpower and volunteers as the phone calls and local canvassing only picks up.
Both campaigns do agree on at least one thing -- they say they don't expect the former hurricane to have any impact on Election Day and are expecting a big turnout in central Virginia.