"One piece of advice I got was, don't focus on the negative things," she said. "And I don't. I just can't afford to."
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"I'm knocking on doors every day, and I'm listening to what people from all walks of life are telling me, and it's fairly consistent," Mrs. Merrick said. "Obviously, we're talking a lot about jobs and the economy."