BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- The clock is ticking, and ticking fast. Election Day is coming up, and Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano did some 11th-hour campaigning at Republican Party headquarters in Brunswick County. He used the time to fire up his base; time that could have been spent trying to pull some undecided voters into his column. Pantano says it's time well spent.
"Our base is really what's gotten us here," he said. "I mean look at the excitement you saw in that room. That kind of excitement is the reason why we are in contention for a race that for 140 years has never really been challenged."
Speaking in a room packed with supporters, Pantano talked about the need for a new direction for America. He said issues like unemployment are forces that will drive folks to the polls to cast their vote for him.
"I think the unemployment rate is huge and on everyone's mind. The economy has a direct impact on everyone, whether you are a retiree or a physician or a student," Pantano said.
There's an anti-incumbency wave sweeping this country, and some voters in Southeastern North Carolina say they have had enough and want change.
"The Congress has failed to deliver what the people want, or they have snuck things through without having the people behind it," Pantano supporter Bob Smith said.
Some are just sick of the spending in Washington.
"The spending has gotten out of control, and I'm worried about my children and my grandchildren and what we are leaving them as a result of what's going on," Jennifer Fuller, who also supports the Republican challenger, said.
Supporters say they are fully engaged and ready to bring real and lasting change. In the short term, though, they are just hoping to taste victory on Election Day.
Pantano said he is looking forward to shaking hands with and talking one-on-one to as many voters as possible before the polls close on Election Night.