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 Jim Kenny speaks at a National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees local 1199C rally on Tuesday morning. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Jim Kenny speaks at a National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees local 1199C rally on Tuesday morning. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Members of an influential Philadelphia union held a rally Tuesday morning for mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice candidate Kevin Dougherty, both Democrats.

The National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees local 1199C sends people out knocking on doors during every election day, but leaders say they’re pulling out the stops in the Philadelphia mayor’s race — even though Democrats outnumber Republicans seven to one in the city.

Union leader Henry Nicholas says this election is important to the future of the city and state. “Jim Kenney got all that it takes to do that, and we’re glad that we played a key role in making sure that he got elected,” Nicholas said. “The turnout will be great. He will be winning by a landslide.”

Union member Gregory Turner says he was third to vote at his polling place and has advice to others thinking of staying home. “Don’t talk to me if you didn’t vote. You can’t complain if you didn’t vote,” Turner said. “You gotta vote. It’s just that simple.”

Polls in Pennsylvania and New Jersey close at 8 o’clock Tuesday night.

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