Oct 31, 2012/04:49 PM

Door-Knocking Army Tries to Tip Virginia Senate Race | NYTimes.com

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By | Published: October 31, 2012

STERLING, Va. — Faiza Abdulle hopscotched through the tidy middle-class streets of exurban Washington one evening last month, carrying an iPod Touch that directed her surgically to the houses of a very certain type of voter…

With the Senate election in Virginia coming down to a photo finish, Mr. Kaine, a former governor, is figuring that a Democratic army of Faiza Abdulles will make the difference on Tuesday. Republicans, with their own army of door knockers, are hoping that their ground game can eke out a victory by one or two percentage points for George Allen, a former governor and senator. It is a street-level fight of neighborhood canvassing and phone banks conducted largely out of sight and distinct from the ad wars carpet-bombing televisions in Virginia…

On the periphery are separate get-out-the-vote, rally-the-faithful efforts motivated by Mr. Obama but carrying along Mr. Kaine’s message. Canvassing has been going on for months, financed by at least three unions, Planned Parenthood and Virginia New Majority, the group Ms. Abdulle was working for, which is aimed at an expanding immigrant community that has helped turn Virginia from reliably Republican to a battleground.

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