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KS, MO candidates power through final weekend before Election Day

KCMO Elections
Posted at 10:03 PM, Nov 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-01 23:54:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the final countdown to Tuesday, candidates spent almost every waking moment this weekend vying for votes.

"I never could have imagined the public health crisis, the economic crisis that we would be facing in 2020," Nicole Galloway, candidate for Missouri governor, told a crowd Saturday.

As each one made their case, there was a common theme:

"You have to get your friends to vote. You have to get your families to vote," Brandie Armstrong, secretary of the Wyandotte County Democratic Party, said Saturday.

Candidates reached out to voters in multiple ways.

In the Kansas Senate race, Republican Roger Marshall attended a Trump parade while his democratic opponent Barbara Bollier spoke at a lawn chair chat.

"I’m pleased to see people care so much about democracy in this country," Bollier told 41 Action News on Sunday. "To serve the people, you listen to them, and you do so with honesty and integrity."

The socially distanced event also is where U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, the democratic incumbent for Kansas third congressional district, spoke.

"I feel really good and strong going into Tuesday," Davids said, "but you know, at the end of the day, the most important thing is that everybody exercises their right to vote."

Her challenger, Republican Amanda Adkins, also felt confident going into Election Day as she canvassed on Sunday.

"The energy and enthusiasm, and you hope that people choose to participate in our democracy," Adkins said. "So seeing such high turnout and enthusiasm in this election cycle, I think it's just wonderful."

The high turnout so far has come from early voting.

"The early vote has been amazing," said Jean Peters Baker, who is running for reelection as Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutor, "so I think on Election day, that's going to take a lot of the pressure off that particular day. So I'm hopeful."