Updated: 11/01/2012 12:38 PM KSTP.com By: Kate Renner
With five days until the election each party is ramping up their efforts in Minnesota urging folks to get out and vote, and specifically for their candidate.
Today leaders of the DFL party hopped aboard a bus that'll travel all across the state.
The bus is carrying some of the state's most popular democrats bringing them to some of the most hotly contested congressional districts.
The tour is called the "Road to Progress" and Minnesota representatives like Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Minneapolis Mayor R.T.Rybak are vouching for the DFL candidates in the 8th congressional district, where Rick Nolan is up against Chip Cravaack. And in the 6th district, where Jim Graves is trying to oust Michele Bachman.
But according to the Minnesota GOP chairman Pat Shortridge, the DFL bus tour is gimmicky and doesn't reflect the last minute efforts his party is taking part it, like making phone calls and sending emails from their 39 victory centers across the state. Shortridge believes this DLF bus tour shows Democrats are worried about a lack of motivation coming from their base.
The DFL bus tour party has 33 stops total across the state.