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Candidates making final push

By Staff
CANDIDATE John Robert Smith signs in with Ruby Yarbrough to cast his ballot early today at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Ben Alexander/The Meridian Star
May 1, 2001
Hoping to sway last-minute, undecided voters, Meridian's two Republican mayoral candidates plan to use every minute until the polls close today to campaign.
Neither Mayor John Robert Smith nor Republican challenger Wally Hudnall are planning to rest on election day.
Polls will close at 7 p.m. today.
While Hudnall and Smith may disagree on some topics, both agree that today remains an excellent day for last-minute campaigning.
Hudnall said he will have campaign workers stationed at every polling place in the city all day closely monitoring election returns and making sure nothing unexpected happens.
Smith said his campaign also intends to have poll watchers in place, but only for the expected afternoon rush of voters.
Unlike Hudnall, Smith said he can't begin his campaigning efforts until later today because he will be attending a city council meeting set for 9 a.m.
Ben Alexander is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3226, or e-mail him at balexander@themeridianstar.com.

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