DENVER (AP) – Democrats are trying to motivate college students and others inclined to sit out this fall’s elections to help decide some of the closest congressional races in the nation.

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke Monday at a voter registration drive at Metro State University of Denver, the kickoff of what the party is calling its voter expansion campaign. It will include more drives at colleges around the state as well as home visits to people deemed likely to vote Democratic.

As students rushed by on their way to class, Wasserman Schultz rallied Democrats and included the party’s support for keeping student loans affordable in her pitch to students.

Drive workers had a difficult time getting students to stop and talk to them. Many said they were already registered.

Republicans are trying to pick up six Senate seats in this fall’s election to win control of the chamber, including the seat now held by Sen. Mark Udall, which is being challenged by U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner. The race between U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff in suburban Denver is also one of the most closely watched House contests in the country.

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