Candidates Make Final Push in NY-26

May 23, 2011 Updated May 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT

By John Borsa

May 23, 2011 Updated May 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT

CLARENCE, NY (WKBW) - In the final hours of the campaign for Tuesday's special election in the 26th Congressional District, the candidates made phone calls and met with supporters.

The campaigns rolled out some last minute political ammunition on Monday.

Former President Bill Clinton recorded a "robocall" for Democrat Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recorded a phone message on behalf of Republican Jane Corwin.

Third party candidate Jack Davis, who is running for the seat for a fourth time, spent the day meeting with supporters at his campaign office in Greece.

"I love America. And I am a patriot. I am doing this for the love of my country," he said as supporters waived signs to motorists on Ridge Road.

Front-runner Kathy Hochul spent the morning in Greece campaign with New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy at a Greece diner before meeting with campaign workers.

In the afternoon, Hochul returned to Erie County where she phoned voters from her campaign office on Transit Road.

"Western New York is one united area when it comes to the need to protect our seniors. Ensure we don't turn Medicare into a voucher program," Hochul said.

Republican Jane Corwin also discussed her position on Medicare, meeting with seniors in Amherst.

"The important thing here of course is we want to make sure Medicare is around today giving seniors what they need today, what they've come to expect to receive," said Corwin.

Polls open in the 26th district at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.