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Politics

Parties Get Ready

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Tomorrow is election day and local political parties are busy. KSMU's Missy Shelton visited offices where both Republicans and Democrats are making their final push.

TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY AND LOCAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE WORKING TO GET OUT THE VOTE AND GET THEIR CANDIDATES ELECTED.

K-S-M-U VISITED OFFICES WHERE BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING THEIR FINAL PUSH.

OVER AT THE GREENE COUNTY REPUBLICANS HEADQUARTERS IN SPRINGFIELD, THERE'S A STEADY STREAM OF VOLUNTEERS COMING IN TO THE BUILDING.

BUT NOT ALL OF THEM GET TO STAY IN THE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING.

THAT'S REPUBLICAN MAVIS BUSIK...SHE'S THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT COMMITTEE.

BUSIK SAYS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY RELIES ON THE WORK OF VOLUNTEERS.

AND THIS ELECTION YEAR, SHE SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY VOLUNTEERS.

LESLIE STEVENSON SAYS SHE HELPS TRAIN PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS WHO COME IN TO WORK FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE HELPING OUT OVER AT THE DEMOCRATIC COORDINATED CAMPAIGN OFFICE.

ELEANOR EDMONDS AND MARK CURR CAME TO SPRINGFIELD FROM MONTANA TO HELP DEMOCRATS.

MARK SAYS THEY CHOSE TO COME TO THE OZARKS BECAUSE IT WAS A NICE PLACE FOR A VACATION AND A KEY AREA IN A SWING STATE.

SO WHAT DO THESE TWO OUT-OF-STATE DEMOCRATS THINK ABOUT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI, AN AREA VIEWED BY MANY AS STRONGLY REPUBLICAN?

THE FACT THAT A COUPLE FROM OUT OF STATE IS WILLING TO COME TO MISSOURI AND HELP THE DEMOCRATS IS ENCOURAGING TO DEMOCRAT BOBBIE LURIE, THE 7TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CHAIR.

SHE SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY VOLUNTEERS AROUND THIS YEAR TO HELP OUT.

AS MUCH AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TRY TO PREPARE FOR ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE ON ELECTION DAY, THE ONE THING THEY CAN'T CONTROL IS THE WEATHER.

WITH A SLY GRIN, BOBBIE LURIE SAYS THERE ARE CERTAIN WEATHER PATTERNS SHE'D LIKE TO SEE TOMORROW.

AGAIN, REPUBLICAN MAVIS BUSIK WITH THE 7TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE.

AND DEMOCRAT BOBBIE LURIE SAYS DEMOCRATS USED TO HOPE FOR A LARGE NUMBER OF VOTERS TO GO TO THE POLLS...BUT SHE SAYS LARGE TURNOUT IS SOMETHING THAT BOTH PARTIES ARE NOW WANTING.

POLLS IN MISSOURI OPEN TOMORROW MORNING AT 6.