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Romney surrogates make final push for votes in Las Vegas

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Craig Romney, the youngest son of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, addresses some 50 supporters and campaign volunteers in East Las Vegas as former head of the Small Business Administration Hector Barreto, left, and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin watch Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

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A Mitt Romney campaign volunteer, who works in the east Las Vegas office, greets Craig Romney upon his arrival Monday afternoon. Mitt Romney's youngest son has visited Ohio, Colorado and Nevada in the final days before the election to stump for his father.

Craig Romney, the youngest of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s five sons, paid a visit to an east Las Vegas campaign office Monday to both thank volunteers and supporters and also encourage them to race through the finish line Tuesday.

Romney, along with Hector Barreto, former head of the Small Business Administration, and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, urged supporters to continue to knock on doors, make phone calls and spur friends and neighbors to vote in the final 24 hours before the election will be decided.

Romney said his father asked his family to weigh in on the decision to run for president again in 2012 after failing in 2008 to garner the GOP nomination.

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Mitt Romney campaign volunteers make phone calls Monday afternoon from an east Las Vegas campaign office as they await the arrival of Craig Romney and other campaign surrogates.

“We sat together as a family, and we talked it through,” Romney said. “We concluded: ‘Dad, not only should you get in, you have been so well prepared throughout your entire life. In business, helping small businesses get started, helping struggling businesses get turned around. At the Olympics, helping those games get turned around. … So we said: ‘Dad, you don’t have a choice, you’ve got to do it. For our country’s sake you, have to do this.”

Earlier Monday, all three of the Romney surrogates were in Reno to join Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, at a campaign rally. While Ryan left the Silver State to campaign in Colorado, the others came to Southern Nevada.

They all addressed a crowd of about 50 campaign volunteers, employees and supporters at the small office in an Eastern Avenue strip mall near Interstate 515.

“Get everybody. Just drag them out of bed, get them off the couch. I don’t know; just get people to the poll. Only the ones that are going to vote for us, the other ones you can tell them they can vote on Wednesday … they can sleep in,” Marin joked, receiving a big laugh.

Barreto said they came to Clark County after the stop in Reno because for Nevada, “this is where the rubber meets the road.” He then encouraged the volunteers to “work a little harder” through Election Day.

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