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Dallas Sheriff's Race Wrapping Up

Lowell Cannaday, Lupe Valdez
Lowell Cannaday, Lupe Valdez

By BJ Austin, KERA Reporter

Dallas, TX – The long campaign for Dallas County Sheriff is down to the wire and KERA's BJ Austin reports both candidates are sprinting to the finish today, Election Day.

On the last full day of campaigning before Election Day, Republican challenger Lowell Cannaday spent time working the phone bank at GOP headquarters.

Cannaday: We're just calling as many people as we can. You know, I'm not opposed to calling someone who plans to vote for somebody else and talk them out of it.

Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the Democratic candidate, stopped by campaign headquarters to encourage those working phone banks.

Valdez: I think we're doing OK. I think we're doing all right. As you can see, we're not gonna stop. And then we'll be at the polls.

Both candidates say it's been a long, intense campaign.

Cannaday: You know it was a good, clean campaign. There's been some issues where there are differences and misunderstandings. But I think, for the most part, it's been a very good campaign.

Valdez: There's a lot of negative stuff. But the passion is on both sides. I've been the recipient of the other side's passion.

Between them, the candidates have spent about $1 million in a race that is seen as a test of the Republicans' ability to reclaim top offices in Dallas County - and the Democrats' power to hold on.