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WBFO brings you NPR's live coverage of the Republican National Convention tonight from 9pm-11pm.

Faso Will Push On Until Last Vote is Counted

By Joyce Kryszak

Niagara Falls, NY – Republican John Faso faces what most political pundits say is an impossible uphill battle to overcome the huge lead of Democrat Eliot Spitzer. But in the closing days of the campaign, Faso says he's not giving up.

The applause was thin when Faso greeted supporters at the Summit Mall in Niagara Falls last Friday. But then it is hard for only about two dozen people to make much of a dent.

Most observers say this sparse rally was telling of how difficult it has been for Faso to make an impression in the shadow of his almost mythically-known opponent.

But that hasn't silenced Faso's passion.

Faso continued to deliver his rousing call for lower taxes and greater business incentives. His ideas sparked interest with the mostly retirement-age group that stopped by to listen.

Emidio Mariano liked the message - even if he wasn't familiar with the messenger.

But Mariano was quick to add that he believes Spitzer will win no matter how he votes.

Faso said he never had any illusions about his chances either. And he has no regrets.

Faso said his mere presence on the ticket is a victory of the grassroots movement that made his long-shot nomination a reality, against the wishes of the state's Republican party leaders.