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Campaigns Ramp Up Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts

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In Maryland, get-out-the-vote campaigns are pushing early voting, which ends Thursday.
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In Maryland, get-out-the-vote campaigns are pushing early voting, which ends Thursday.

Efforts to push voters to the polls are increasing ahead of Election Day next Tuesday. In Maryland, get-out-the-vote programs are still focused on early voting, which ends Thursday.

At the Silver Spring early voting center, Victor Hirsch says campaign calls are lost on him because their message is too simple.

"Vote for me!" Hirsch says, is the only message on the other end of the line. "They are conventional phone calls, and I don't listen to them. Robocalls. And I ignore them."

Other residents say reminders are helpful, and in Maryland it looks to be paying dividends for Democrats who have a more than a 2-to-1 advantage in early voting, according to the State Board of Elections.

But in Virginia, Republicans say they'll have the advantage in many races. Barbara Caputo is a regional vice chair for Fairfax County Democratic Committee. She says her party is feeling momentum now too.

"You know, all of a sudden people are coming into our office and grabbing signs and...wanting more lit," Caputo says. "This place has been hopping."

President Obama's Organizing for America is also playing a role in the area by connecting Democratic campaigns with its formidable list of volunteers.

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