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Campaigns make their last pushes before primary

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Campaigners hoped to give their candidates more visibility in the day before the primaries. Campaigners hoped to give their candidates more visibility in the day before the primaries.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

As the hours ticked down before thousands go to the polls, campaign activists went through their final maneuvers before the 2014 primary elections on June 3.

In Huntsville, Brent Beal with the group Republican Refresh placed campaign signs near polling places to remind voters of the group's favored candidates.

"I think we're expecting a low turnout tomorrow - it just depends, every vote could count," said Beal. 

The campaign largely finished, Republican Refresh looked to get out the vote with a few final mentions of candidate names, or a link to the group's website. In many races, Republican contenders who secure their party nominations may little or no opposition from Democrats come November, making this the point at which any candidates must make their mark.  

"Just to try to get those last minute voters... just to inform those last minute voters," said Beal. "Some folks, believe it or not, come to the polls and they say ‘I'm not sure who to vote for,' so that's why we've got a website on there."

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In Athens, campaigners for 1st District state Senate candidate Jonathan Berryhill plotted their own strategy for victory. 

"Well, at this point, it's very much most of what we can do is done," said Berryhill Campaign Manager Caleb Duke. "A lot of the voters have decided on who they're voting for." 

Not only does Berryhill confront two other Republican candidates in the primary, but whoever wins the primary will also face a democrat in the district now represented by a Democrat, retiring Senator Tammy Irons. 

Duke acknowledged the challenges and predicted a strong effort at visibility for primary day. 

"It consists of a lot of social media for us," he said, "a lot of direct contact through the phones and being visible in high traffic areas…  Say for example, Highway 72 - have people go out there waving signs, having people where a lot of people will be traveling, key restaurant areas,  that type of thing so they see the name, they remember ‘Oh yeah, I got to go vote for him today,' that type of thing." 

For Beal, the low profile and low priority of the primary for many voters made for an opportunity to make a big impression. 

"I think there's always an information gap at some level," he said. "But I think especially when there's not that high profile race at the top, folks aren't as aware that there's an election going on, but I think it also brings the focus down to a lot of lower-level elections, local elections.  They are just as important as the high profile elections."

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. Alabama officials believe 25-27 percent of the state's 2.8 million registered voters will turn out for the primary, down 32 percent from four years ago.

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