• Western Pa. Obama headquarters continues rallying supporters

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    EAST LIBERTY, Pa. - President Barack Obama supporters in Western Pennsylvania countered Mitt Romney’s visit with a grassroots get-out-the vote effort Tuesday.

    Channel 11’s Vince Sims went to the Obama headquarters Tuesday in East Liberty and checked in on their last-minute strategy.

    Sims said some elected officials stopped in to thank volunteers and rally them to keep pushing people to vote up until the polls close.

    “Thank you because the reality is this is what democracy looks like,” State Rep. Ed Gainey said. “And you all make the difference.”

    Gainey, who was joined by the United Steelworkers president and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, looked on as more than 20 volunteers continued to actively work the phones reminding people that polls don’t close until 8 p.m.

    Other volunteers hit the streets and knocked on doors, hoping to remind people to vote.

    “If everyone says they will vote for President Obama and no one actually goes out and votes, then it’s worth nothing,” volunteer Jay Dworin said. “It’s our job to take the people who say they support him and move them to make them vote.”

    Sims said there will be a rally and watch party at the headquarters Tuesday night.

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