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Democrats Rally Supporters on Road to Decision 2012

Posted: Updated: Oct 1, 2012 12:27 AM EDT

With Decision 2012 right around the corner, Democrats in central Virginia are doing what they can to rally supporters.

State Senator Creigh Deeds kicked off a 'Weekend of Action' for President Obama in Charlottesville. And a congressional candidate's wife tried to earn her husband votes at a festival.

Deeds told the crowd of Obama supporters in downtown Charlottesville Saturday that every day between now and November 6, needs to count.

"These last 38 days are our last chance to get it done, we're going to win, but we have to get out every single vote that we can," said Deeds.

Obama's supporters attended the event on the downtown mall to learn ways to talk to their neighbors about the election.

He explained, "People that have never knocked on doors before have to get a little basic information, it's pretty intimidating."

Volunteers were taught which issues to focus on when going door to door and were assigned areas to target throughout the commonwealth.

Nearby, Susan Douglass, wife of John Douglass, the Democratic candidate running for the 5th District Congressional seat, worked the crowds at the Vegetarian Festival in Lee Park, to meet members of the community.

"He's doing this because he's got great ideas, an out-of-the-box thinker. He feels very, very passionately about education, he loves Virginia, I mean this is the place he has chosen to live," she said of her husband's reasons for running.

Douglass says the 5th District hasn't had a voice in Washington the past few years and her husband could take on that role. "He can listen to the people, he can connect with people, he's a farmer, he's a father of two young sons," she said.

Douglass' opponent, Republican Robert Hurt, will kick off a five-stop farm tour on Monday. Both candidates will face off in a televised debate on October 10 from the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.

Reported by Molly Balkenbush

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