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Clinton Draws Thousands To GOTV Rally

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

President Bill Clinton at a GOTV rally at UC Davis on Wednesday, Oct. 29. 2014

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

There are some tight political races in Sacramento, and the Democrats are pulling out their heavy hitter to try to motivate people to vote. The party held a rally at UC Davis today featuring former President Bill Clinton.

Thousands of people turned out to see Clinton, with lines snaking around parts of the UC Davis campus. During the rally Clinton, flanked by Congressmen Ami Bera and John Garamendi, told a room filled with supporters that they were the key to helping Democrats win the mid-term elections.

"I’m for you, I’m pulling for you, we need you, please be there Tuesday! Thank you, God bless you," he said.

Clinton’s speech drew Sacramento City College student Eli Smith to the rally.

"I’ve always been a big fan of Bill Clinton and I wanted to see him speak," he said. "It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

But Smith says the rally wasn’t likely to influence his vote, because he’s already voted by mail. Still, both parties are trying their best to reach voters as Election Day draws closer. Kaitlyn MacGregor is with the California Republican Party.

"Our biggest thing has just been boots on the ground, talking to voters, either face-to-face or on the phone," she says. "Making that personal connection. Making sure people are excited and are going to turn out to vote on Tuesday or get their vote-by-mail ballots in on time."

MacGregor says her party is using college groups to try to reach younger voters.



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