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. 

"It's already been said [but] I'll say it again: North Carolina today could make a difference in so many different ways: For [Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, for Deborah Ross," Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) said during a Progressive Change Campaign Committee's (PCCC) get-out-the-vote call. 
PCCC volunteers are making calls on Tuesday for Ross, a Democrat who is running to unseat Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTrump: Why isn't Senate looking into 'Fake News Networks'? Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Special counsel looking into dossier as part of Russia probe: report 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 SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico 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 McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform 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.