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11/03/03

Volunteers Spend Last Day Stumping For Votes

IBEW representatives met at their Gulfport headquarters to pick up campaign fliers, and finalize their marching orders.

"We're good to go, yes sir," one union worker told the building trades council president. "And we'll be there at five o'clock in the morning for you."

The assembly hall had a trail of smoke filtering through it. Through the cigarette smoke, you could see the men and women who were putting their muscle behind Ronnie Musgrove. Curtis Murphy led the charge.

"We're going to all the job sites, make sure all of our people get out to vote," the building trades council president said. "We've worked very hard. And we're going to make sure they go and vote, or try to assist them if they need rides, whatever."

Several miles away, the only smoke at the republican campaign headquarters came from phones that had been used virtually non-stop.

"You call can go ahead and come back if you have finished with Hancock," a campaign staff member told one of the volunteers.

The Barbour campaign office on Pass Road in Biloxi was probably as quiet as it had been in weeks. Harrison County chairman Sam Albritton sent most volunteers into neighborhoods, to finish up a 72 hour task force mission. Albritton spent four months drumming up support for Barbour.

"I love it. I'm an idealist," Albritton said. "And if I get behind a cause, I'll give my arm if I have to for that cause. And in this particular case, Haley is worth every bit of time I've put in for him."

Will Albritton's time pay dividends? Or will the union's candidates come out on top? You'll answer those questions on election day.

by Brad Kessie

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