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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Campaign Overdrive

Rochester, MN (KTTC-DT) --

We are now down to 8 days until the election and the candidates are in high gear. It's their last chance to persuade voters to elect them, which means people are going to see candidates everywhere.

Mid-term elections typically don't get the turnout you see during presidential elections. So for the candidates running for office this year, that just means they have to try harder to get people to vote for them., and they'll use all mediums available to get out their message.

You see them on the streets, you hear them in debates. They've even taken over your television screens, replacing the regular commercials. All signs that election day must be near.

With about one week left in the campaign season, the stumping is at a frenzy. From local candidates to national ones, they are making sure they have Olmsted county in their pocket, and they're bringing down the big political wigs to do it. With Rochester as the third largest city in the state, voters here play a crucial role.

"It's important that in the remaining days of this campaign that all of us get on the phone, tell our neighbors and get out the vote," says former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson.

"And so as you look at what we want in the next governor of this state, we want somebody whose compass is set. We want somebody whose values are strong," exclaims Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Some candidates are packing their daily schedules with public events. A look at Tom Emmer's schedule shows multiple visits every day. But with all the excitement of a campaign in high gear, sometimes the actual issues can get lost in the roar of the crowd.

"It's very unfortunate that you've taken this issue in scaring people trying to get re-elected," says Randy Demmer to Tim Walz.

"That wouldn't be like the ads that are running against me, that are in other parts of the country are being pulled off because they're untruthful," retorts Walz.

While the commercials and quick meet-and-greets might be the easiest way to get information, reading up on the issues will give you better preparation to make your vote on November 2nd.

If you're looking for a one-stop-place to research the candidates, we created a page on our website called Decision 2010. There, you can find links to all the local candidates on the ballot. Just go to

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