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Trump, Clinton campaigns ramp up local efforts

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The race to the White House is kicking into high gear in the Tennessee Valley.

Local supporters are pulling out all the stops in an effort to sway voters during the final countdown to Election Day.

Part of Gunbarrel Rd. was all about Trump on Monday evening, where the campaign bus made a stop at Trump's headquarters in Chattanooga.

"The Trump-Pence bus was gonna be here, so we're here to support the Trump-Pence ticket," said Chris Watts, Sr.

Many Trump supporters, like Watts, showed up in full force.

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"I've bought about 100 signs and gave them away," he said. "I'm just excited to be here with other folks, because I really think it's a movement."

"I'm really excited about the turnout. For short notice, it's been really good," said Faye Robinson, Hamilton County Republican Party.

Others were recruiting volunteers to work the polls and help the campaign before Election Day.

"People are excited about it. They feel like they're a part of it," Robinson said.

Hamilton County's Democratic Headquarters was also busy with volunteers on the phones.

"I just knew that this was going to be a really important election, and this was something that I needed to do whatever I could to help," said Democrat volunteer Elizabeth Dunaway.

This group meets three times a week, but their main focus right now isn't reaching voters in Chattanooga.

"We are both calling into North Carolina, and we're going door-to-door canvassing there to get the vote out for Hillary," said Annie Hall of Hillary for America.

Volunteers are calling North Carolina because it's a swing state.

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"I would like to think Tennessee would be a blue state, but I think we've got to work really hard to make sure that we win North Carolina," Hall said.

Both parties are encouraging voters to get to the polls to vote early.

Election Day is in two weeks.  

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