RALEIGH — The final push is on.

Candidates, supporters, surrogates and staffers are out in full force to try to make their final pleas to voters before they cast their ballots on Tuesday, as parties work for victory on Election Day.

From phone banks, to rallies, to good old hand-shaking, candidates are crisscrossing the country, state and counties working for every last vote.

“Its all dependent on who shows up,” said Michael Bitzer of Catawba College.

When it comes to the presidential race, polls indicate North Carolina is as close as it comes.

About 2.7 million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots early, but political observer say the old cliche holds true that literally every vote will count this election day.

“They need to be focused on first identifying who didn’t show up at early voting,” said Bitzer, “and then making sure that the resources and the capabilities to get those folks to the polls on Tuesday is there.”

For the Democrats and Obama campaign this has meant sending some big names like Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton to make their case for another four years.

On the state level, it is a different story. Republican Pat McCrory has a clear lead in the polls even though he has a light schedule the day before the polls open he recently said he is not resting on good poll numbers.

“We’re going to fight for every single vote until the polls close on Tuesday evening,” said McCrory.

Walter Dalton is fighting for every last vote too.

“We are organized,” said Dalton, “and we know the people who are favorable and would vote for us and we are trying to encourage them to get on out to the polls.”

With 41 percent of the North Carolina electorate already casting their ballot, the pressure is on to get the rest of the electorate to the polls Tuesday.