Reid, Schumer rally supporters for key Senate race
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The Senate's top Democrats are making an 11th-hour push to help energize supporters in North Carolina, where voters could determine which party controls the upper chamber. 

 
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PCCC volunteers are making calls on Tuesday for Ross, a Democrat who is running to unseat Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrChristine Todd Whitman: Trump should step down over Putin press conference GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki GOP Intel chairman: Trump should recognize Putin lies MORE (R-N.C.). The GOP senator is leading in the polls by an average of 2 points, according to RealClearPolitics.  
 
Reid said that the North Carolina Senate race boils down to several major issues — including closing the gender pay gap and reforming student loan debt — and Ross is "on the right side of those issues." 
 
"What goes on in the vote today in North Carolina would help a very fine person, Deborah Ross," Reid added. 
 
Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next Senate Democrat leader, argued lawmakers have a "moral obligation to move this nation forward," saying a Democrat-controlled Senate could tackle immigration reform and criminal justice reform. 
 
"We have a moral obligation to take back the Senate," he told supporters on the call. "We need a Democratic majority in the Senate; we need it badly. The alternative of [Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE [R-Ky.] and gridlock will be terrible." 
 
Schumer, who would also became majority leader if Democrats win the majority, added that Burr "has been at [McConnell's] side" to help block legislation. 
 
"Deborah's run a heck of a campaign. We all know that North Carolina a tough state," he said. "So we really need this kind of help." 
 
Democrats need to take back five seats — or four if they retain the White House — to win control of the upper chamber. Roughly six Senate races are still considered "toss-ups" heading into Election Day, including North Carolina.