November 5, 2012
With just hours until the polls open on Election Day, both Republicans and Democrats are doing everything they can to make sure to get out the vote.
Members of the Albemarle County Republican Committee stood outside their Albemarle Square headquarters holding signs for the cars driving up Route 29.
"This is your last chance to get everybody excited, to remind them that the election is coming up," said Del. Rob Bell (R-58th District), who was among the crowd. "They call it 'Get Out the Vote.'"
Armed with signs and braving the cold, the GOP supporters wanted to get the message out about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
"We're doing everything we possibly can," said Randolph Byrd, a former chair of the 5th District GOP. "We like to think we do a better job than the other folks."
In Charlottesville, Democrats called in an influential supporter to amp up excitement for volunteers canvassing for President Barack Obama.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) stopped at a number of local canvass locations, including a home on Jefferson Park Avenue.
"[We're here to] just remind voters to think about, 'Who do you trust?'" Wasserman Schultz said. "When it comes right down to it, who do you trust to continue to move our economy forward, to have the back of the middle class?"
"We want to make sure everybody gets out. They take their friends, take their neighbors and get out the vote," said Shelly Wood, a co-team leader for the local canvassing.
Both political parties realize how pivotal Virginia will be in this election.
"We got a president in President Obama who really understands that we got to cut taxes for the middle class," Wasserman Schultz said.
"If you would like to see a change in the direction our country is going, we hope you will vote for Mr. Romney," Bell said. "But gosh, this is our big national moment. We hope everybody votes."
While most voters may have made up their minds, independents could be key in election results.
"If they see the passion that we're showing by standing out in the cold weather and waving a sign, perhaps that will change their minds and they'll vote for our candidate," Byrd said.
"We're excited about the momentum that we have here," Wasserman Schultz said. "We've got a ground game that is really functioning on all cylinders."
It's all in a final push to get out the vote.