(CNN) - Democratic lawmakers scrambled Wednesday to wrap up an already truncated work session.
In the Capitol hallways, many of them made it clear they are anxious to get home with enough time to convince uneasy voters to keep them in office and their party in power.
"I'll really be glad to get home," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada who is in a tough re-election fight against Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle. "I've spent a lot of time here working through the procedural morass that the Senate has become."
"I'm always more comfortable being at home," said Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, who is in a close race for a third term. "Especially now making the case for why they should give me another shot at it and I think when I'm not there it's easier to say things that I can't defend."