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Rosalynn Carter hits the campaign trail for Georgia Democrats

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is hitting the campaign trail in Georgia on Friday as Democrats make their final pitch before the vote.

Carter is part of the "Georgia GOTV Road Trip" to boost the party's turnout, with polls show a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Republican is favored to win Georgia's 16 electoral votes, but Democrats hope a final push can flip the state - or at least come close enough to help lay the groundwork for 2018.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and former Rep. John Barrow will headline a road trip kickoff on Friday before several party leaders pair off and fan out. Barrow joins the Rev. Raphael Warnock for a trip to Rome and Lewis and Abrams are setting their sites on Henry County. Other candidates will visit Cobb County and Macon.

Carter, who has stayed largely on the sidelines this campaign cycle, is spending the day in Albany, near her Plains home. The 89-year-old will host a luncheon, attend a millennial voter forum and speak at a phone banking at a local restaurant (which is aptly named Carter's Grill).

Democrats are ratcheting up their surrogate game as Republicans shift their focus to the nitty gritty.

Trump's campaign hosted three of the GOP nominee's kids last month, but no high-profile supporters are set to visit Georgia in the race's final days. Instead, campaign operatives aim to knock on thousands of doors and make thousands more phone calls to supporters in the final stretch.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.