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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Will high turnout help Rep. Reynolds?
BUFFALO, New York (CNN) -- Republicans say they are nervously awaiting the results now trickling in from the race between incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds and Democrat Jack Davis.

Some Democrats who privately expressed doubt in recent days about a Davis victory say their mood turned positive today as they watched heavy turnout, which they think helps Davis. Republicans, though, are suggesting high voter turnout is a sign that Reynolds will win after the candidate launched an unprecedented get out the vote drive over the past three days.

Reynolds, chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, went to Republican headquarters in nearby Rochester, New York, earlier this evening. His spokesman says the congressman was also making calls to bring out last minute voters. Reynolds is expected to spend the remainder of the evening at the Erie County Republican Committee headquarters.

Reynolds' handling of the Foley matter has been a big factor among voters we interviewed. Reynolds took a serious dip in the polls after the scandal, but both Republicans and Democrats say Reynolds was later helped by a snowstorm that crippled Buffalo. Reynolds was perceived to be a strong leader after he took a prominent role in helping to secure federal disaster aid.

-- CNN Correspondent Mary Snow
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