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Senate Race Heads to Hill City

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Lynchburg, VA - They have passionate ideas about the future of our country, strong supporters on each side, and millions spent on their campaigns, and they're not running for president.

Lynchburg became the battleground for Virginia's U.S. Senate race Thursday.

Tim Kaine stumped at the Kemper Street Station. George Allen's wife Susan spoke at Liberty University.

After months of campaigning, this incredibly close race is winding down. Both campaigns are kicking it into the highest gear. While George Allen spent the day stumping with Mitt Romney in Roanoke, Tim Kaine had an important ally of his own.

"Hopefully in five days, I'm going to be able to call my friend of my whole adult lifetime, the next junior senator of Virginia, Tim Kaine," said Mark Warner.

The Democratic duo and potential future Virginia senate pair started their afternoon in the Hill City, talking trains.

"One thing Virginia had never done is put any money into passenger rail. We put money into freight improvements, freight yard improvements, but we hadn't put any money into passenger rail," said Kaine.

That was until Kaine became Governor. He tooted his own horn, among other Lynchburg lawmakers', as the spark that triggered the city's popular Amtrak rail service.

"I don't want to believe that we're going to embrace kind of a brave new world of politics, where big checks and negative ads are going to end up making all the person to person stuff irrelevant," he said.

Downtown, at Democratic headquarters, Kaine continued campaigning, this time at a phone bank, giving some last minute support to volunteers.

"I'm just going to hang in there, and keep trying, keep making calls, and keep talking to people," said volunteer, Jim Short.

"Please join me in welcoming, Susan Allen," announced Virginia Delegate Scott Garrett.

"I believe in good government. And I want people to represent the values I believe in, the issues I believe in, the thoughts I believe in," said Susan Allen.

Allen spent Thursday lighting a flame under Liberty students.

"This is the most, well, one of the most important elections that we're going to have in our generation," said student, Bethany Poulos.

And after 25 years of campaigning with her husband, she says this Tuesday feels different.

"This year, they know what is at stake. So, I've described it all along, as sort of this silent march of business owners and families to the polls," said Allen.

Till Election Day, both Kaine and Allen will be crisscrossing the state. Polls are showing them in a dead heat.

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