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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Last efforts before Election Day

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- The next few hours may be the busiest campaign time for candidates making a last-ditch effort to persuade voters. Both Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken were in Rochester on Monday for one last stop in the southeast Minnesota area.

Republican incumbent Norm Coleman brought dozens of supporters and local Republican representatives to the University Shops. Democrat Al Franken pulled up in his decorated campaign bus at the DFL headquarters. Both trying to rake in the votes.

"Are we excited? Do we have a great senatorial candidate?"

Norm Coleman supporters took over the second floor of the University Shops in Rochester Monday morning. The republican incumbent and his followers know the final hour is drawing near and with the tight race in Minnesota, they want votes.

"If you can give me these small acts with great love over the next 24, 30-something hours, I will give you six years of the kind of leadership in the United States Senate that will make you proud to be a Minnesota and proud to be an American," exclaims Norm Coleman.

Coleman made it clear that many businesses and newspapers have endorsed him and he is the right choice.

"With the Marshall Independent that never endorses; has a history of never endorsing in a political race, said that in this race, it is so important that the choice be Norm Coleman, who has been there for us; who understands our need."

Al Franken came to Rochester with the same intention of gathering as many votes for him as possible.

"If you want a senator who will vote to end the war in Iraq responsibly, bring our troops home. And when they get home, get them the benefits that they've earned, then, I ask for your vote," says Franken.

Franken's message here follows that of Presidential candidate Barack Obama, change is needed and it begins with the middle class.

"We're on our bus tour for the middle-class for a change. And we need a change in this country, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and partnering with Amy Klobuchar and working with President Obama."

With attack ads during almost every commercial break on television, voters will have to decipher between fact and fiction in the last few hours, before making their vote.

Both candidates urged their supporters to call as many friends and family members they know to remember to vote tomorrow. Coleman and Franken plan to watch the results come in all night tomorrow and even into the morning.

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