Last Minute Campaigning Before Primary Day

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The primary campaigns of Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman are ending a lot like they started - Doheny, basking in the applause of supporters at a Watertown rally, and Hoffman with a more subdued appearance in Watertown, manning the phone bank. 

Hoffman says it's polls, not pizzazz, that matter most on Tuesday.

"We're very confident that the poll we took a couple weeks ago that shows us about 30 points ahead is going to withhold tomorrow," said Hoffman.

Doheny, however, now suggests his campaign has evidence to the contrary.

"It's absolutely false. We're so close at this point. Let's actually see what real voters say. We have enough things internally to understand that we have every reason to be optimistic for the result tomorrow night," he said.

While both Republicans make multiple appearances across the 23rd Congressional District in the final hours, they're counting on their organizations for critical last minute support.

"We have phone banks. We've been doing direct calls, robo-calls, we have final mail going out. If you turn on the TV, maybe you see either me or my mom," said Doheny.

And for Hoffman, who believes he has a lead, turnout on Tuesday is critical.

He's relying on his phone banks to help with that.

"The more people that get out, I think the better our numbers are going to look tomorrow," said Hoffman.

Neither Hoffman nor Doheny will entertain the possibility of losing.

In the eyes of both, Tuesday isn't the end of a campaign, it's the beginning of another - the one against incumbent Democrat Bill Owens in November.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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