Lansing Mayoral Candidates Last Push

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

Debates, campaign ads, and endorsements are over. Now it's up to the voters.

While the candidates know every vote counts, they're also out Monday making every minute count.

By foot and by phone, with just hours to go, well, the campaign isn't over until it's over.

"Elections have been lost because they relaxed, because someone said well, it's over, at the end, " explains State Senator Virg Bernero.

He's running out in front, but even as the election closes in, running a campaign like he's behind. His campaign has envelopes prepared for each precinct. They are calling supporters to give them logistically voting information and to remind them to vote.

"We feel good about where we are but they have to vote," Bernero says.

For incumbent Mayor Tony Benavides, the experts tell us turnout is key, especially among minorities.

"I'm expecting there will be a lot of new voters," says Benavides.

Though he lost the primary, he's not down until he's out, and the key may well be finding a whole new set of supporters and getting them to the polls.

"Our campaign is working 24 hours a day to get everyone out who's indicated they were a supporter, out to vote," he says.

For both candidates, they admit, the persuasion part of this campaign is basically over. It's a battle now for the numbers, not just for "I will's" but for "Yes, sir, I did."


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