TN Republicans, Democrats Work Down To The Wire To Win Votes
By Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With just hours left until the polls open on election day both Tennessee Republicans and Democrats worked to win over voters.
Inside a store in Nashville's Lenox Village two of the state's highest ranking Republicans rallied supporters on election eve.
Governor Bill Haslam and House of Representatives Speaker Beth Harwell both spoke to the crowd, surrounded by several local legislative candidates.
"What we are stressing are the local legislative races because they do make such a big difference," Governor Haslam told reporters after the rally.
The governor said Mitt Romney's lock on the Presidential race in Tennessee does not necessarily translate into a clear win for the state's republican ticket.
"And I'd hate for people to stay home because they think, oh people have written off Tennessee in the Presidential race, so I'm not going to go vote. Well, there are a lot of elections on the ballot," the Governor said.
Five miles down Nolensville Road volunteers for a Democratic legislative candidate made phone calls and went door to door to drum up support.
At the state's democratic headquarters in midtown Nashville volunteers spent the Monday doing the same thing.
"We have volunteers coming if from all over the county making phone calls," said Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Chip Forrester.
Democrats worked hard to garner as much support as possible for their candidates.
"We can't do it without that boots on the ground muscle and that's what we're using to win these elections," according to Forrester.
Both sides know each and every vote counts on election day. Get out and vote was the message volunteers conveyed to anyone who would listen Monday night.
"As someone who's been a mayor and a governor I can tell you it really, really does matter who we elect, do don't waste this opportunity," Governor Haslam said.
The Democratic Party Chairman acknowledged Mitt Romney's stronghold on Tennessee 11 electoral college votes, but said every democrat's vote will have an impact on the national popular vote.
"So every vote in Tennessee counts in the column, so it's important they start at the top of that ticket and move all the way down to our state house and state senate candidates," Forrester said.
If Republicans win a handful of seats away from Democrats Tuesday the party could move into super majority territory on Tennessee's Capitol Hill.