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Mayoral candidates make last minute campaign push

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In the final hours of the mayoral campaign, both candidates say it's perseverance that's gotten them to where they are today.

“I think we've run a great campaign,” said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. “We've been going from January 1st forward and we've been on it every single day.”

Tomlinson spent the afternoon at her campaign headquarters making calls to voters, reminding them that tomorrow was election day. The Mayor had several dozen volunteers help call about 6,000 registered supporters.

Colin Martin was up the road at his campaign headquarters, giving a pep talk to his group of supporters. He called the event the “24 Hours to Victory Campaign Rally.” He asked them to make one final push on the campaign trail by making calls or knocking on doors, reminding people to vote.

“We've worked a hard campaign,” said challenger Colin Martin. “We've done the phone calling, door-to-door, we've got our message out there. I feel like we're on the verge of the victory.”

As they reflected on their campaigns, Tomlinson said a benefit she has had is that this is her second mayoral campaign. She says this time around she has more name recognition, but says there’s been one challenge that she didn’t face last time.

“I guess the hurdle of the negative campaigning has made us put a lot more effort in reaching out to the voters,” said Tomlinson. “We’re making sure that they know we still need them to come out, to stay encouraged that it's an important election and not to deter them from voting.”

Martin reflected on his campaign by saying there was one moment that served as the turning point in his campaign.

“Once the debate was broadcasted, then all of a sudden people started taking notice,” said Martin. “It went great after that, we had a lot of momentum, the elected officials endorsement, the FOP endorsement, and then we had caught some lucky breaks with some certain things happening.”

However different their campaigns, they both now have the same message, "go out and vote." 

Be sure to go to WRBL's Campaign Center to find out information about how to vote, candidate information and to look up results the minute they come out.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, focuses on how your tax dollars are being spent.
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