Working the phones, tapping contacts and urging voters to care enough to cast a ballot - it's the run-off stretch run in the District 6 state senate race to replace the departed Mario Gallegos.
Emerging as a major difference between the two contending Democrats - the substantial amount of campaign cash accepted by State Representative Carol Alvarado from Republican sources.
"All the people who are giving money to Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are supporting my opponent. I think its a clear distinction," said former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia.
Garcia says voters in the largely Democratic district should question the allegiance of someone who accepts money from governor Perry's former chief of staff and the conservative group Texans For Lawsuit Reform
"We are talking about hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Garcia.
Alvarado concedes she's taken conservative cash, but says she's also drawn plenty of support from top Texas Democrats like former mayor Bill White, her biggest individual contributor.
"We have a broad base of support. I'm proud of the 600 plus donors that we have. She on the other hand has one donor who is funding primarily her entire campaign," said Alvarado.
She's referring to mega trial lawyer Steve Mostyn who records indicate has directly or indirectly funded two thirds of Garcia's campaign.
Garcia says at least he's a Democrat and she's betting voters in District 6 can distinguish the difference.
"Voters want a true democrat who is going to fight for their values," said Garcia.
In the last general election roughly 30 percent of District 6 voters on Houston's east side went Republican.
By accepting conservative cash Alvarado is sending a signal to the GOP minority that's she's more in line with their thinking and worthy of their vote.
The run-off election is Saturday, March 2.