Cantwell, Baumgartner make final push for votes

Published On: Nov 04 2012 08:18:11 PM PST   Updated On: Nov 05 2012 10:40:04 AM PST
Final push for U.S. Senate race in Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. -

With less than two days until ballots are finally due, candidates are making every second count. Senator Maria Cantwell flew into Spokane Sunday afternoon to host a rally for volunteers.

"I'm here in Spokane today and tomorrow to ask people to vote for me for the United States Senate and to get the vote out. We want to make sure people get their ballots in," Senator Cantwell said.

Her opponent, Michael Baumgartner, spent Sunday knocking on doors and making sure his supporters actually cast their ballot. He started the morning in Pullman and finished on Spokane's South Hill.

"The best part about (doorbelling) is we can still have a good conversation on the doorstep and talk to folks about their key concerns but it really is go, go, go, and make sure everybody remembers to vote," Baumgartner said.

Each of these candidates will be working around the clock, and so will elections volunteers.

At Eastern Washington University, 350 people will work election day to tabulate votes for president. Not just the votes from Spokane County, but from 22 states. In fact, EWU is one of four AP tabulation centers in the U.S.

"It's a lot of fun, it's a national event that we can do from Spokane and it's an important event and we like doing it here," Dana Block of the AP said.

Many people in Spokane County have already turned their ballots in. The elections office is reporting 43-percent of the ballots sent out, were returned by Friday.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, or dropped off by Tuesday at 8 p.m.