Campaigning Down To The Wire In Ohio

In Columbus, the spirituals are heavenly, but as CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan reports, the mission is earthly: Get souls to the polls before time runs out.

"Raise the minimum wage by voting! Raise compassion for our seniors by voting!," pastors say on the pulpit.

Whether in the pews or in the bleachers, campaign volunteers like Jamimah Robbs are taking advantage of every last second.

"I've made thousands of phone calls and definitely knocked on hundreds of doors," says Robbs, a member of his college Republican club.

And their candidates?

"I'm running on pure adrenaline, it feels pretty good actually," says Deborah Pryce, R-OH.

Pryce is the 4th ranking Republican in the House. Her race is the one to watch in Ohio.

"We've looped this district three times, going on four times, and it takes that kind of thing," Pryce says.

Her challenger — Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy — is running on a mix of caffeine and poll numbers that show her in the lead.

"Get some rest and get out again," says Kilroy, the Democratic congressional candidate.

Ohio Democrats are enthusiastic about this election, but it's Republicans who have been especially good at getting out the vote. They've contacted as many as 250,000 people a week.

"That is more contacts in a given week this time of year, for sure, before an election, than we made in even '04," says Chris McNulty, with the Republican party.

But Democrats are picking up the pace. At a house party, volunteers were burning up the cell phones. And with the help of labor unions like the AFL-CIO, Democrats now seem better organized to mobilize.

Their last big rally was at a church, but the time for songs and slogans has passed. Ohio's absentee ballots are already being scanned.

And there are a lot of them. One in three voters has already voted early to avoid long lines.