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Kelly Wallace: Schwarzenegger camp cites momentum

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- California voters have their say Tuesday on whether to recall Gov. Gray Davis.

Polls suggest the contest has come down to a two-man race between Davis, a Democrat, and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Correspondent Kelly Wallace is with the Schwarzenegger campaign, and she spoke to CNN anchor Carol Costello about the early morning mood there.

WALLACE: It is positive, Carol -- quiet, I must add -- in this ballroom this morning. The only sounds you really hear are some volunteers blowing up balloons for what they hope will be a victory celebration tonight.

Every candidate always talks about having the momentum going into election day. Well, Schwarzenegger's aides are saying look at the crowds they have seen over the past few days, including yesterday during a three-city tour, a fly around the state ending up in San Bernardino, California. The Schwarzenegger team saying the momentum is on its side.

And the aides believe, despite the allegations against Schwarzenegger -- including accusations coming from 15 different women that Schwarzenegger committed acts of sexual misconduct against them -- well, the Schwarzenegger team believes ultimately these allegations will not hurt Schwarzenegger; that this recall will pass. They also believe Schwarzenegger then will become governor.

And they believe ultimately, Carol, that all of these accusations could end up hurting Gov. Gray Davis, because Schwarzenegger's aides have been saying for the past several days they believe these stories are being orchestrated, or at least being focused on, by the Democrats, including Gov. Davis.

Ultimately, though, they won't know the answer to all of this until today. The key is getting out the vote. They have tried to send out messages, voters' guides to get people to the polls.

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