Finish Line In Sight: Stutzman And Hayhurst Work To Get Out The Vote In Campaign's Final Hours

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 1, 2010 Updated Nov 1, 2010 at 5:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The two main party candidates running for Northeast Indiana's seat on Capitol Hill can finally see the finish line at the end of a long, hard campaign.

We followed the democrat and republican running in the Third District Congressional race on Monday, to see what they were focusing on in the last hours before the polls open.

The last thing a political candidate wants is to sit back the day after the election and question why his supporters didn't get motivated to vote.

Mid-morning on Monday, Democrat Tom Hayhurst tried to ramp up enthusiasm for his election effort by going door to door in north Fort Wayne.

Other campaign volunteers worked phone banks to encourage democrats and swing voters to cast ballots Tuesday.

Republican Marlin Stutzman made his own sales pitch Monday afternoon in Aboite Township, passing out campaign literature.

We asked Stutzman what voters want to ask him in one-on-one meetings.

State Sen. Marlin Stutzman/(R) 3rd District Candidate: " It's not necessarily a question, it's more about what they want to see and I think that's the mood of the country right now, that people are going to be telling Washington what they want tomorrow, not necessarily asking questions anymore, because they're beyond that. They want to see fiscal responsibility."

Dr. Tom Hayhurst/(D) 3rd District Candidate: " I am a democrat, but I'm a very independent guy and I will always say that I'm going to put the people and our Constitution, the country and Northeast Indiana above any political party."

Hayhurst is feeling pressure to distance himself from the Democratic Party.

It's no secret in a mid-term election, the party in power often is at a disadvantage.

This year, democrats like Hayhurst could suffer a backlash from the stimulus plans, President Obama's health care plan, and other government spending that happened while the democrats were in charge.

The Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics conducted a voter survey in this race, showing Stutzman leading by twenty-five points.

Hayhurst released his own poll last week, showing him in the lead by four points.

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