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Clinton and Trump campaigns launch final weekend push in Georgia

Across Georgia, backers of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made a final push for their candidates over the weekend as another round of polls showed the race for president was too close to call.

There were no visits from high-profile supporters for Trump or Clinton, no raucous rallies either. Instead, Friday and Saturday focused on the painstaking behind-the-scenes work by each campaign to identify voters who haven’t already cast ballots — more than 2.2 million already have — and make sure they’re headed to the polls on Tuesday.

Thousands of phone calls were made and hundreds of doors were knocked upon as volunteers campaigned for Clinton and Trump. Last-minute donations were pledged and rides to voting sites were arranged.

Georgia hasn’t awarded its electoral votes to a Democratic presidential nominee since 1992, and Trump has held onto a small lead in most of the public polls in the state. But the race remains as volatile as ever in the final days before the vote.

Volunteers for both candidates seemed to thrive on the challenge. In Decatur, Clinton supporters fanned out trying to shore up support. In Cobb, Republicans talked of the need to bolster down-ballot candidates. And in Savannah and Augusta, both parties rallied the faithful.

Click here to read about four snapshots from across the state.

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