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Who Better to Sell a Ticket? Entertainers Get Out the Vote

Gwyneth Paltrow (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Sorry, Virginia! Early yesterday, the Barack Obama campaign announced that none other than Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow would headline get-out-the-vote rallies in Richmond and Arlington today. (Who better than the macrobiotic Pilates princess of Manhattan and London to help turn a red state blue?)

But hours later came notice that Paltrow -- whose husband, Chris Martin, plays Verizon Center tonight with Coldplay -- had to cancel, "due to an illness." Still, plenty of other celebrities are out there doing their part for the candidate of their choice in the final days of the campaign.

Sheryl Crow and Dean Cain (remember, he played Superman on TV?) gabbed about strategy on "Larry King Live" as surrogates for Obama and John McCain, respectively. Sarah Palin has had musical accompaniment on many stops -- Hank Williams Jr., Lee Greenwood and Aaron Tippin -- in addition to "The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In Colorado, former Broncos quarterback John Elway campaigned for McCain, who also got Gretchen Wilson to sing "Redneck Woman" for him in Ohio. And on Tuesday, Kelsey Grammer e-mailed fans asking that they donate to GOP Senate races to "help stop the liberal agenda." ("Take it from me. For 20 years, I played Dr. Frasier Crane on TV, and it is not easy being openly Republican in a Democrat town like Hollywood.")

On the Democratic side, there was Oprah Winfrey, who spoke to a Chicago women's conference with Michelle Obama and Joe Biden. Wizards star Etan Thomas has been stumping for Obama; Sarah Jessica Parker, who canceled on a Logan Circle Obama fundraiser a few weeks ago, was reported to be working an N.Y.C. phone bank last night. Other VIPs, who famously opened their wallets and homes to the nominee, seem to be keeping a careful distance for fear of celeb-backlash: Barbra Streisand's new PSA simply urges women to vote, period.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 31, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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