LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, is bidding for reelection to the 32nd State Senate seat this November.
She and challenger Bill Feehan, a Republican candidate, are walking door-to-door to learn what voters want with the hope to clinch that senate seat.
Shilling made her way around the suburbs of Onalaska Saturday.
If a voter was home, she'd introduce herself and encourage him or her to vote. If not, she left a note.
"Either I write, ‘Sorry I missed you' or ‘Thank you for your support,'" Shilling said while writing the message on a campaign hand-out. "I learned to hold the door with my toe (slip the hand-out in the door) and go."
Then she walks to the next house.
Shilling's sweep through Onalaska was one of her many campaign pushes to sway undecided voters in her favor.
Even she says it's a heated race to keep her Senate seat.
"They always say every election is the most important election of your lifetime and really, that's true just the stakes get higher and higher," Shilling said.
Feehan also took note of how close the race is while campaigning door-to-door in La Crosse Sunday.
"I believe this is going to be a very close election," Feehan said. "We decided from the very beginning that we were going to run a grassroots campaign and that meant getting face-to-face with voters."
Feehan made sure to introduce himself to potential constituents while on the north side of the city.
"It's a lot bigger job than running for the third district," Feehan said to a voter whom he used to represent as a county board member. "Now (I'd) have four counties (to represent)."
Feehan is now vying to represent this man again, this time on the state level.
And for those voters not at home, he too leaves a note that says, "Sorry I missed you."
"That's what I did every time when I ran for county board so it must be good luck," Feehan said.
What's next for the candidates?
After walking door-to-door Saturday, Shilling made the trip down to Wauzeka, Wis. for a campaign rally.
Feehan will be touring La Crosse for the rest of the week.
The election for the 32nd Senate District seat is Nov. 6.
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