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Candidates Look at Final Stretch of Campaign

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LAS VEGAS -- The President of the United States returns to Las Vegas for the third time this year, but this trip is pure politics. Las Vegas is the fourth stop of the president's Moving America Forward tour, and he's going to spend the night again.

He's campaigning for Democrats up for re-election, including a man who's crucial to his agenda: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

From now until November 2, all campaigns say they feel it's Election Day. A presidential visit like this is about mobilizing the true believers into getting other people to believe in their side just long enough to vote.

AFL-CIO union workers form the backbone of the Democratic Party's get out the vote campaign.

"We've been knocking on hundreds of doors for the last months and a half, seven days a week. I am enthusiastic. I'll tell you why this election is so important, not just for the other members of the union that I belong to, but for my children and their children," said Randy Soltero.

Congresswoman Dina Titus is rallying her ground game the same as Reid, hoping the president's visit can inspire volunteers to try even harder.

"We're knocking thousands of doors every day. This is just one group of volunteers that's going out on the hustling's. This is going to make all the difference," she said.

Phone bank volunteers campaign for Titus' opponent Joe Heck and other Republican candidates, including Sharron Angle.

"We have shifts -- three hours shifts scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They come to make phone calls, the phones are always full. People are calling trying to turn out the vote. We're out canvassing neighborhoods. We'll have a hundred people out tomorrow," said Heck.

Heck says the president's visit is a sign Nevada Democratic candidates are "desperate." That belief is inspiring Republican volunteers to keep pushing.

"As I go around my neighborhood, yesterday morning, I got up around 5 a.m., passed out fliers to at least 150 homes," said Clay Wertz.

Election Day is just 11 days away. Early voting has already started.

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