GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman makes get out the vote calls

Meg Whitman makes the rounds at her Woodland Hills campaign headquarters on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.
Meg Whitman makes the rounds at her Woodland Hills campaign headquarters on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Kitty Felde/KPCC

It’s down to the wire. Candidates are trying to keep volunteers motivated to knock on doors and phone people urging them to vote tomorrow. Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman made a few of those calls at a Woodland Hills campaign office.

Meg Whitman sat in a crowded cubicle, joining volunteers making get out the vote calls. She had to convince the people she called that it was really her - not a volunteer or a robocall – on the phone.

The latest Field poll indicates that Whitman trails Democrat Jerry Brown by 10 percentage points. But Whitman dismissed those numbers.

She told volunteers that tomorrow night, there are going to be some “surprised folks out there.”

"I’m going to win, Carly is going to win, the entire down ticket is going to win," she said. "And the whole United States is going to say, ‘wow, what happened in California?’"

Whitman thanked her volunteers – 40,000 of them who she said made more than 1 million calls throughout the state. The most enthusiastic may have been the youngest, a 12-year-old boy who said he loves talking to voters ... and who hopes to run for governor someday.

Volunteers on the Republican and Democratic side both say even a day before the election, a lot of voters still haven’t made up their minds. An Associated Press poll indicates that one in three likely voters haven’t decided whom to vote for – or say they could change their minds between now and when they cast a ballot.

Volunteer Sally Sinohue says this election’s media blitz of has had an unexpected side effect on voters. Sinohue says, "they’re tired of the ads, they’re tired of the negativity. Some people don’t really know who to vote for."

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