Local candidates fight to the finish on campaign trail

POSTED: 05:33 PM PST Nov 05, 2012 
PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, and challenger Dr. Raul Ruiz are facing off in the 36th Congressional District in the Coachella Valley.
       
It's a race that's being called a "toss-up" by independent political organizations.
       
Both candidates were on the move Monday -- trying to get an edge with voters.

"Wednesday we will all be exhausted. But right now we're motivated," said Bono Mack.

"The confidence is very high. We're enthusiastically optimistic," said Ruiz.

Several dozen Ruiz supporters turned out on a very warm November afternoon for a rally at Frances Stevens Park in Palm Springs.

"The goal is to make sure everybody participates in our beautiful democracy," Ruiz said.       

Ruiz hopes it'll be enough to upend the incumbent who's seeking an eigth term in congress.
     
Bono Mack stopped by Republican Headquarters in Indio to visit with volunteers.

"This is the exciting part of a campaign. You can see the energy. In my campaign team and the volunteer group. So that is a lot of fun," she said.

Despite their differences, the candidates actually have one thing they can agree on.

"We're working very hard and every vote matters. The future is at stake for this district," said Ruiz.

"Some people are going to say 'my vote doesn't matter.' Our big task is to make sure every person knows their vote matters," said Bono Mack.