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Election Fatigue in Eleventh Hour

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For some of you, it may have seemed like only a few hours since your phone stopped ringing Monday night.

That's thanks to the last-minute push that pollsters deem critical in the get-out-the-vote effort for each candidate, party, and measure in North Dakota and Minnesota. States like North Dakota, which have hotly contested races like the Berg-Heitkamp race for U-S Senate, are thought to be at particular risk for what's being called "election fatigue." KVLY and KXJB combined have run about sixty-five hundred election ads in the past month alone.

Volunteers were working late hours Monday night to mobilize potential voters, in some cases saying they'd contacted the same ones four, five or six times.

And that was just too much for some voters to handle, some of whom said their election fatigue set in six months ago. Since most of them already had their minds made up right around then, the ensuing six months of ever-more intense campaigning didn't help matter.

"Between the billboards, the radio, the TV, and the flyers -- must be hundreds," said voter Christine Duncan. "I was just saying that earlier today, I wish it would be over for that reason alone."

Most candidates and activists for the different measures said they'd take Tuesday off from campaigning, out of respect for tradition.

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