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Charlotte mayoral candidates campaign in final days before election

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CHARLOTTE -- The two Charlotte mayoral candidates are campaigning hard in the final days before Tuesday's general election.

More than 22,000 people voted early in Mecklenburg County, a number the Board of Elections is happy with.
 
"It's probably in the range of typical for a mayoral, City of Charlotte, municipality, general election in an odd numbered year," said Michael Dickerson, director of elections for Mecklenburg County.
 
But there are several hundred thousand registered voters in Charlotte who have yet to vote. That is why both mayoral candidates are ramping up campaign efforts before the Nov. 5 general election.
 
"The final push is very important, largely because every vote counts," said Democratic candidate Patrick Cannon.
 
Cannon said he is been going door to door and making calls to voters.
 
Republican candidate Edwin Peacock also spent time Saturday knocking on doors.
 
"Today we're spending it belly to belly and toe to toe with voters," Peacock said.
 
Peacock is targeting Republicans, unaffiliated voters, and even Democrats who vote frequently.  Because Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one in Charlotte, Peacock said he has had to work twice as hard as his opponent.
 
"We're at the disadvantage, primarily because my opponent has 50 percent of the registered voters," said Peacock.  "In my case, I have to get not only my base of Republican voters, but those 26 percent of unaffiliated and a great handful of the Democrats in order to be successful."
 
Cannon said his team is not taking any type of lead for granted.
 
"If you get comfortable, you could potentially end up losing the race, and that's something we definitely don't want to do," Cannon said. "...Making sure we have someone who's able to deliver on the issues of economic development, affordable housing and alternative modes of transportation - that's going to be critical."

The polls are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Board of Elections says all 195 locations will be open.

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