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Democrats, Republicans Push Candidates 101 Days Before Election
By Addison Speck, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - On Saturday, there was plenty of campaigning to be spotted and heard, and with every knock and every call, Democrat and Republican volunteers spent the day vying for votes.
"How great is it to have someone in your neighborhood say this is what I believe, this is why I am doing it. We're 100 days away from the election, 100 days," said Judy Ryan, a Volunteer with the Obama Campaign. Both parties hit Linn County neighborhoods all afternoon. "This is the time and this is where we are putting in the sweat equity, were going to put in the work and get out the voters," said Mark Hudson, a Volunteer with the Romney Campaign.
Iowa is a key state in a tight election. According to a recent ABC News/ Washington Post Poll, it's a dead heat, nationally, between Governor Romney and President Obama among registered voters. That's why volunteers are making sure Eastern Iowans have everything they need for November. "Iowa is one of those state that people look to, to see where is the wind blowing," said Hudson.
That wind has also been blowing with endless gusts of negative political ads across airwaves for months, and it likely won't get any better. "We have people that say, I'm so tired of it already," said Ryan. That same ABC News/Washington Post Poll said one in five of Romney's current supporters and one in six of Obama's say there's a chance they could change their mind on their candidate.
But volunteers are confident political ads won't be the driving force behind that. While they may annoy Iowans, they said they won't fool them. "Iowans are intelligent, were capable of making good decisions, we are capable of listening and processing the right information," said Ryan. "This is a really important election, not just for right now but for our future, our kids future, our grandkids future. So it's that time to take your civic responsibility seriously, look at it, and take action, step forward and vote," said Hudson.
As of Saturday there are 101 days until November 6th, 67 days until the first presidential debate and just 61 days until early voting starts. If you would like to view the ABC News/Washington Post Poll you can
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