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OUR VIEW: Have your voice heard by voting

With the general election just 10 days away, LaGrange has turned into an election hub over the last week.

Republican House candidate David Jenkins campaigned in LaGrange Thursday, and Senate candidate Doug Collins made a trip to our city on Friday. Collins had former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Congressman Drew Ferguson and others campaigning on his behalf.

On Saturday, House Minority Leader Bob Trammell will be in LaGrange campaigning for his position.

We’re glad that so many candidates have decided to include Troup County on their campaign tour this year, although we wish a few more would. It’s great for local people to have the opportunity to hear directly from voters about the issues that matter most to them, and it’s good for both Democrats and Republicans to take part.

The truth is that Georgia is a battleground state this year, especially in the presidential and senate races. Regardless of whether you believe polling is accurate, or whether you hate it, the truth is that it generally shows a good idea of what might occur on Election Day.

And right now, 10 days away from Election Day, Georgia is the nation’s closest battleground state, according to FiveThirtyEight.com. As of Friday afternoon, Trump and Biden were in a virtual tie, down to the tenth of a percentage point.

We understand that people are probably ready for the sun to rise on Nov. 4 and for this election season to be over, but we’ve got another full of week of campaigning until then.

We also realize that many have already voted, meaning last night’s debate and all this additional campaigning may not have moved the needle a whole lot in either direction.

If you haven’t voted, we encourage you to do so. If you’re unsure of who you want to vote for, we urge you to do some additional research so you can make an informed decision.

Election Day will be here and gone soon enough, something we’re all probably ready for. But until then, it’s important to actually get to the polls and vote.