7:13 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
The hotly contested Indianapolis mayoral race is heating up as the campaign enters the final leg of the race. Both major campaigns are pushing hard into the final stretch.
"You're a little tired, but the energy is kicking in," said Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy.
"There is a lot of momentum on my campaign right now."
With just one week left to go, Kennedy’s camp has been seeing momentum in the form of dollars. Since Oct. 14, she's raised $231,000 for her campaign. Mayor Greg Ballard has raised a little more than $88,000 in the same time period, but said he's not worried about dollars.
"We're just doing what we do," Ballard said. "We think we have enough to get across the line."
Ballard received an important nomination Tuesday.
"It's absolutely right, it's absolutely justified, it’s absolutely necessary that you keep Greg Ballard as mayor of Indianapolis," Governor Mitch Daniels said.
Both camps are adding longer work days And pushing early voting in hopes their side finishes out ahead next Tuesday.
"We've been working grassroots for 10 months now and we're quite pleased with how it's going," Ballard said.
"I feel like we've exceeded where we need to be, but we are not going to let up," Kennedy said. "It's that final lap and we need to push hard until next Tuesday."
Early voting is still available at the City-County building. Election Day is Nov. 8.