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Former President Obama encourages voters to get to the polls in Vegas visit

LAS VEGAS - Control of Congress may well run through Nevada this election cycle, and we're seeing both parties making a massive final push to get voters out to the polls with 15 days remaining until Election Day.

The focus shifted to Democrats Monday, just two days after Republicans brought President Donald Trump to Elko for a rally to kick off early voting Saturday, his second campaign visit to Nevada in under a month.

On Monday, the focus shifted to Democrats, with two-term president Barack Obama headlining a get-out-the-vote rally at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion.

The former president painted a picture of progress and increasing prosperity during his administration, which he said has been threatened by Republicans for the past two years. He urged the crowd to get out and vote saying that's the only way to affect true change.

"Wait, wait, wait! Don't boo vote!” Obama told the crowd, which was reacting to Republican policies he was outlining onstage. “Booing doesn't do anything booing doesn't help. Voting helps!”

Obama said it starts with voting for Rep. Jacky Rosen, (D) Congressional District 3, who is challenging Senator Dean Heller, (R) Nevada, for his seat, and for the rest of the Democrats down the ticket.

"Jacky Rosen's a good bet," former President Barack Obama said. "Jacky Rosen believes that health care is not a privilege for the few, but a right for everybody."

"It is an honor of my life to have his endorsement and his support," Rosen said.

Other elected officials took to the stage as well. Rep. Dina Titus, (D) Nevada Congressional District 1, is likely to be re-elected in one of the safest Democratic districts in the country.

Titus called next month's election a referendum on Republicans.

"Are you excited about Trump it's our country too and we want it back?" Titus asked the crowd. "Yes we [are]!"

Several other state constitutional office candidates took to the stage as well, with musical performances by 90s hip-hop group Salt N Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella and reggaetón singer J Balvin, rounding out the two-and-a-half-hour rally.

The Nevada Democratic Party says 2,000 people attended the rally, citing a facility manager for the university.

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