CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The nation’s most expensive Senate campaign race is down to the wire, with polls opening across North Carolina for the 2014 mid-term election Tuesday morning.
Experts say the Senate race between Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis, and Sean Haugh increased early voter turnout. New numbers show nearly 200,000 more voters cast their ballots before election day compared to the election four years ago.
The candidates are also hoping for a high voter turnout on Tuesday.
On Monday, partisan and non-partisan groups were on the ground going door-to-door handing out leaflets and urging people who haven’t already cast ballots to do so on Election Day.
“We’re just making sure that they’re prepared for when they go to the poll place,” said Monica Massamba, with the non-partisan group North Carolina League of Conservation.
Canvassers believe ground work will get those few extra votes needed to ensure a victory.
“That’s when you actually get to see the constituents, and go to see all the people that are affected by the laws that are being made,” said Massamba.
For Sarona Bedwan, getting people educated about voting is a privilege she takes seriously.
“As a Palestinian, knowing about people trying to prevent you from doing the things that you need to do, it’s motivating,” she said.
Bedwan has been working with the North Carolina League of Conservation voters since September. In the last two months, she’s covered Gastonia, Mooresville, Statesville and Charlotte.
Her group uses tablets to track voters and map their walks. With the thousands of door knocks and steps, Bedwan and her team believe they’re making a difference.
“Building relationships – it’s hard and tedious work – but it’s really worthwhile,” Bedwan said.
Canvassers say they will continue knocking on doors until about 8 p.m. Monday.