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Turnout Could Be Key in California’s Tight Ballot Races

With Election Day just days away, get-out-the-vote efforts in California will kick into high gear this weekend.

Aired 11/2/12 on KPBS News.

With Election Day just days away, get-out-the-vote efforts in California will kick into high gear this weekend.

USC political analyst Dan Schnur said the two major parties are taking different approaches to drive up turnout:

“The Republicans have targeted their get-out-the-vote efforts for their key swing congressional districts, where there really is a chance of either party winning on Election Day. But when you’re talking about the party’s base, the Democrats are working especially hard to turn out their most loyal supporters.”

Schnur said the Democratic Party is better-funded than the Republican Party, and that gives Democrats an organizational edge. He also said California Democrats appear to have greater intensity because union members are fighting so strongly against Proposition 32.

That could give a boost to Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure, Prop 30, which Schnur said likely needs a strong turnout among young voters to pass.

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