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Sinema vs. Parker contest for CD 9 a tight one

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Candidates are making their last minute push for votes here in the valley. One of the closest races is in U.S. Congressional District 9 between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Vernon Parker.

Congressional District 9 is new and includes parts of central Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and all of Tempe and Ahwatukee.

It's closely divided among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. So it's perhaps not surprising the race is tight heading down to the wire.

Volunteers for republican Vernon Parker ring a bell for every vote they win. The former mayor of Paradise Valley says he's confident.

"The momentum is incredible, all these folks here, but I think people are seeing the differences between Ms. Sinema and me. It is 180 degrees," said Parker.

Dozens of passionate volunteers are working the phones. It is happening on the Democratic side as well.

They're trying to drive up turnout -- so crucial to winning the race. One of the people manning the phones is the candidate herself.

"We are going to keep knocking on doors. We are excited about Tuesday. This election is important for the families of Arizona and we will do our best to serve them well," said Sinema.

In the heated last days, each candidate is upset about commercials from the other side.

"You heard it first, I love seniors, children and animals, so the commercials you see out there that say I don't are wrong, so don't believe them," said Parker.

"Well you know Vernon's latest commercial is really offensive, it makes fun of me for carrying a purse and wearing heels, and if he thinks a sexist attack is going to change the minds of these voters that is his prerogative," said Sinema.

Both candidates say they feel good about their chances with the election just a few days away.

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