RENO, NV - You might be getting a phone call as the presidential campaign ramps up in Nevada. Democrats and Republicans were busy working at phone banks, trying to drum up support for their candidates Thursday.
"This is Wendell from Obama's grassroots program," Wendell Newman said into a cell phone at the Obama for America field office on Pueblo Street.
Newman, who served in Korea in the mid 50s, is one of several veterans gathering to support the president.
"He's done a wonderful job supporting the troops and doing everything possible to help rehabilitate them and get them acclimated back to civilian life," he said.
"His considerations for the military are beyond any that I have seen in other presidents along the way," another Obama supporter said.
While Democrats were focusing on selling the president's policies toward veterans, Republicans were also making a pitch for Mitt Romney.
"We need a guy who has a business background, knows what it takes to run a business, so government can get out of the way and businesses can thrive," Dave Buell, Washoe County GOP chairman, said.
Republicans were also dialing to get the word out. They were asking potential voters who they plan to support for president as well as for state contests.
If it seems like the campaigns are ramping up early, you're right. Buell said typically this time of year the phones wouldn't even be set up yet.
The campaigns aren't just calling, but spending on ads too -- more per electoral vote than in any other state.
"Washoe County is where (presidential elections) are won and lost here in Nevada, so we're working hard," Buell said.