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Candidates Make Final Push Ahead Of Tuesday's Elections

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jobs. Public safety. Infrastructure. The two candidates vying to lead Greensboro are running on the same issues.

However, Mayor Robbie Perkins and Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan say they are delivering their messages in unique ways. Each hopes to keep the momentum going until Election Day on Tuesday.

Both are well aware the race could be close. Vaughan beat Perkins by 10.3 percentage points during the primaries.

The two have been going and going with jam-packed schedules, trying to reach voters across the city. In the final days, both say they're putting in even more time and energy.

"Our folks are all hands on deck. They are moving as fast as they can in a number of different directions," Perkins said, standing in his campaign office.

Because of his schedule, Friday was the first time in a few days he was able to visit his headquarters at 101 S. Elm Street. "We're really going after this," he said.

Vaughan has been on a similar busy schedule while running her campaign out of a home-office on Sunset Drive.

"I think we've probably gotten our messages out. At this point, it's just a matter of getting our voters out," Vaughan said.
Getting voters out has meant slightly different things for each camp.

Vaughan says she's focusing on going door-to-door, continuing to sell her campaign and asking people to make sure they vote on Tuesday.

"I'm feeling cautiously optimistic, but I can't wait for Tuesday to come and be over," the councilwoman said with laughter. "I have been very proud of the campaign that I have run."

At the Perkin's headquarters, part of the strategy has been to roll out shuttles for voters.

Volunteer drivers with Perkins' campaign have been transporting people to the polls and will continue to do so until Tuesday.

 "We're very optimistic. We think that the campaign that we've run has touched the voters and they are seeing that vision, enthusiasm and positive action," he said.

WFMY News 2 also spoke with political expert Dr. Omar Ali at UNCG about the candidates' final push. Ali researches independent voters and non-partisanship.

He says while the issues are important, he believes both candidates are missing the boat.

"Not tremendously huge differences as far as I can see. I think these candidates are struggling to figure out how to distinguish themselves," he explained.

Ali says there's still time between now and Tuesday for Perkins and Vaughn to make a difference.

Early voting ends at 6:30 Friday night and picks up again Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Tuesday is Election Day.

Early Voting Locations (Saturday): 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ag Center (Barn): 3309 Burlington Rd.

Craft Recreation Center: 3911 Yanceyville Street

Brown Recreation Center: 302 E. Vandalia Rd.

Bur-Mil Club: 5834 Bur0Mil Club Rd

Leonard Recreation Center: 6324 Ballinger Road


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