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Attention Shifts to April General Election in Mayoral Race

Updated: Feb 20, 2013 06:03 PM

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Following their victories in Tuesday's primary election, Doug Farmer and Tim Kabat said they will continue making their respective pitches to voters on the campaign trail. 

"I'm going to continue to knock on doors," Kabat said. "I've knocked on over 4-thousand doors just myself." 

"You just get out there and get around," Farmer said. "You knock on doors, you talk to people, you see them out and it works out real nice."

Dr. Tim Dale, a professor of political science at the University  of Wisconsin-La Crosse, said both candidates are taking the proper approach. 

"This really is, in a local race, all about either knocking on doors or going to where people are, answering their questions directly and convincing people directly, face to face, that you would be the best candidate," Dale said. 

Ahead of Tuesday's primary, Farmer and Kabat had been just two candidates out of 11 campaigning for votes. 

Now that the field has been narrowed, voters will have just two choices. Dale said there are both similarities and differences between campaigning in a crowded primary field and for a general election.

"The general election will be the same as the primary in the sense that turnout is going to be the key for whoever wins," Dale said. "It's all about who gets their people out to the polls."

"But the turnout will be higher in the general election than in the primary," he added. "Because turnout is going to increase by a significant amount, the candidates running will care less about convincing other candidates' voters from the primary to vote for them and more about the voters who still haven't made up their minds."

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