Skip to comments.My experiences campaigning door-to-door in Virginia
Posted on 10/27/2012 5:36:20 PM PDT by Wage Slave
Been going door-to-door for Romney for the past three Saturdays in central Virginia.
A lot more Obama signs cropped up this week, even though we are in Falwell country. Yikes!
In one house there was a group of women inside who informed us they would not vote for Romney...one of them yelled, "women's rights!" After we left two of them got in their car and followed us for awhile, trying to intimidate us. Good thing my partner was carrying.
Another lady informed us she "loves Obama" because her main concern is the economy and he is her go-to man to make it all better. I guess you can't fix dumb.
Another lady told us that her main concern is women's rights and she will vote for Obama because she has many lesbian friends who cannot marry their "spouses" in Virginia.
Despite these folks, I encourage anyone who is able to get out to go and talk to your neighbors and to strangers about the election. WE SPOKE WITH SOME UNDECIDED VOTERS WHO WERE LEANING HEAVILY TOWARD ROMNEY BY THE TIME WE GOT THROUGH WITH THEM! We left them with a brochure that compares Romney to Obama in order to seal the deal in their minds.
Going door-to-door is a lot of fun despite the knuckleheads. I believe people are more responsive to this method because they are burned out on the phone calls and TV ads.
We can only overcome massive voter fraud with massive turnout. It's not too late to join us. We really need your help! You can pick up brochures at your local Republican headquarters.
Stupid morons (the Obamatrons).
I’m in central VA, too. Honestly, in my rural area it is wall-to-wall Romney/Ryan signs. They’re everywhere. Yesterday I had to go to the shoe repair shop, which is located in town in an inner city area. When I got there, I saw about half a dozen Obama signs in, I assume, blacks’ front yards. And at the end of one street, there was a single Romney sign, LOL.
Thank you for walking. I hope to make it out next election. This year it was not possible. But I precinct walked for years, in California, just trying to do some plowing for future generations.
Ha, I just remembered, I live in Virginia for a short while, and precinct walked for Dole!
So Lynchburg/Appomattix/Campbell County, huh? I just love reading these reports because I graduated from Liberty in ‘06.
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I vividly remember some of my experieinces going door to door for Goldwater in Texas before that POS got elected, and did his best to destroy our Country with his All the way with LBJ.
The so called Great Society.
Keep up the great work. Been in your shoes in Prince Edward Co., VA and it was a tough area to win for George Allen. He was running for governor. Also went door to door for Ollie North and guess what? he did carry Prince Edward Co. I was precinct chair for Leigh district and gave out flyers at the polls..swayed a few voters before they cast their ballots. Always said that grassroots campaigns win elections. KUDOS to YOU:)
It sounds like you are in a conservative area....with lots of Obama support? Is that right? Sounds concerning if so.
Yeah, the Romney signs still outnumber the Bamster’s signs but I noticed a lot more for Bammy today.
Yep. We did Lynchburg today.
The phone calls give me a headache. Door to door is uplifting. Some people are going to be challenging. But that is ok. If you make yourself an expert on voting, you can be a big help to other RR supporters who are just (as Rove says) episodic voters. Some folks even think you can vote online...even on our side.
Thank you so much for doing this work. I really appreciate it.
I didn’t realize how much fun it would be. Especially when you meet someone who agrees with you. I thought it would be kind of a dull grind but it’s not. Trying to encourage other people like me who may be afraid to dive in.
Yeah, this is a conservative area but there are plenty of liberals here who hate Liberty University and Jerry Falwell. I don’t think Romney will lose here, though.
Went through several neighborhoods today in Williamsburg.. there`s been an upsurge in 0bama signs. I think Romney will win this state, but it`ll be a nail-biter.
The red part of the state is going to get more help this time from my purple and blue part of the state. The energy here has NEVER been so pro-republican since 1992 when I got involved [first time AMAZING *giggle*] to try and defeat Bill Clinton. Romney signs and stickers are EVERYwhere in the purple neighborhoods and way up in blue neighborhoods. Very few BO signs. Their office just opened last week.
The soccer moms are going GOP unlike last time along with their Office-Park-Dad husbands. We are way more organized and much more adept using social media. Be encouraged!
Yeah, some people love talking to us....I think they’re political junkies, too.
There are many registered voters who can’t stand Obama but won’t get off their hind ends to vote. We need to light a fire under them.
I think Virginians want Romney but the voter fraud is what worries me.
What County are you in? Albemarle? I can promise you my home county (Augusta) will go at least 75% for Romney.
Thank you for your effort.
Perhaps you need to say this to Obots.
“Obama and the Democrats have turned their backs on God and the Bible.”
Obama and the Democrats support
Abortions, Same Sex Marriages, Homosexuals and Contraception,
Are “WE” here to please GOD or to please Obama and the Democrats?”
The “Choice” is yours to make!
Yes, I am conservatively encouraged. The only nagging doubt I have is voter fraud. Communists don’t relinquish power willingly.
Romney will easily take Lynchburg as well as Campbell, Appomattox, and Amherst Counties.
i did door2door every day this week ... Central CT for a conservative state rep candidate.
More interesting because the race will be decided by as few as 100 votes ... Romney will win VA by 100,000 and peeeples are more persuadabull with the local candidates.
There is no populist up-rising in CT. If anything, there is a down-rising. “things are so bad, no use trying to do anything”
We need to win by a big enough margin to overcome the fraud that the Democrats are going to rain down upon us.
I am targeting not only the undecideds, but also people who support Romney but figure they don’t have to go out in the rain to vote because he has a comfortable lead.
Must be some local Jihadists celebrating the Obama sponsored MURDER of four brave Americans in Libya.
You're right. I've done thousands of door-to-door visits, and have always felt much better received --in person-- than on the phone.
Thanks for your great work in a critical state. And thanks for being brave! I too have met a few knucklehead in my time, but they're vastly outnumbered by people who are pleased to see me when they open their doors, and happy to take our campaign literature.
Lived in Staunton fm 67 to 76. Went to Northside, Thomas Jefferson, John Lewis, Shelburne, R E Lee, and Buffalo Gap.
Are you working with campaign office? They will target for you. GOTV efforts go to great lengths to avoid talking to the other side near the end of an election. It is counter-productive.
Yes. What we are finding is that the list is incorrect. The reason is usually that the owner has rented the house to the people we are encountering.
We do not argue with Obama voters. We do have respectful conversations with undecideds and it has been anything but nonproductive. I have been very unimpressed with republican headquarters.
I live in Southwest Virginia and can say with confidence everyone I’ve talked to supports Romney. There are Romney signs everywhere and I won’t have to tell you how the coal miners feel.
Good work. Don’t let them get you down. Move on and save your mental energy.
and probably Nelson Co but Portsmouth, Norfolk, Richmond, Suffolk, Hampton Rds and areas of Northern Va are going to be tough
you get the game ball if George Allen gets swept in by a smidgeon.
‘thank you for walking, (door to door) I hope to make it next election. This year it was not possible’
You have a computer, don’t you?
Go to Topix:
At Topix you have access to thousands of forums/blogs in battleground states.
(At Topix you dont have to sign in or register or give out an email address)
Refer them to:
The best Obama exposure site on the net:
The Obama File
(I guarantee the clever graphics and layout of The Obama File will grab their attention- and if they read just PART of it, they’ll be mad enough to go out and vote against Obama)
The United States Library of Congress has selectedTheObamaFile.com for inclusion in its historic collectionof Internet materials
(THAT’S how good this file is!)
Just a few of the pages:
You can reach thousands of the uninformed!
Also, most blogs, news articles that FR refers to have a place for comments. Refer them to The Obama File.
In most you dont have to register or give out an email- just sign in using your facebook account.
You could walk all day and knock on 100 doors, make 100s of calls- talk yourself blue in the face, and still not get across as much information or reach as many uneducated as you can by referring The Obama File on forum/blogs.
If we all just spent 30 minutes or an hour a day doing this, think how many we could reach!!
Leave that kind alone ~ first of all you can't trust them when they get to the voting site, and secondly, there are all those other Democrat candidates on the ballot who they might well like.
Waynesboro from ‘70 to ‘81. Waynesboro HS. I traveled to London in ‘06 and while there ran into someone who went to Buffalo Gap. Small world.
LOL I know you are doing the right thing by trying to get the vote out, but something made me laugh about two women attacking you and your partner having to put them down.
Did you fail to mention that the “ladies” who raved over Obunga, and who followed you and attempted to intimidate you, were sporting deep dark “suntans”.....even in late October? Obviously part of the 47%.
God bless you!!!
Thank all of you who are getting out there, possibly in harms way to help the rest of us who can’t. May the Lord be with you.
Looks like a sign distribution bombardment by the county's Republican Party volunteers, bless their hearts. They've got buttons going around, too. I proudly wore two on my bosom when I did Publix today. Got a lot of smiles and nods with them, to boot.
“Yeah, the Romney signs still outnumber the Bamsters signs but I noticed a lot more for Bammy today.”
I live in Sarasota, FL. I just returned today from a trip to Miami which began last Sunday. In the interim, I went to the Dominican Republic.
On the drive to Miami, I saw not a single Obama bumper sticker, but some Romney bumper stickers. In Miami, I saw not a single Obama sign but plenty of Romney signs. On the drive back to Sarasota, I saw plenty of Romney bumper stickers and no Obama bumper stickers. I think the bandwagon folks are joining the fray and they’ve concluded that Romney is going to win. Don’t you just love those Independents when they come your way?
In my area between Fredericksburg and Richmond, I have seen an increase in Obama signs in the last week (must have been a meeting). All pretty much in the black areas. Some type of absentee ballot push also. Huge Romney signs on main roads. Romney win in my area.
I`m not as worried about voter fraud here.. they track voter info pretty well. Ohio, which allows purported “homeless” people to vote without an address, is a worry for me.
>> I can promise you my home county (Augusta) will go at least 75% for Romney <<
Augusta County for sure. But what about Staunton City? Didn’t it go for the Big Ø in 2008?
Obama - 3906
Obama - 9825
In 2009, Staunton went with McDonnell over Deeds by 58.5% to 41.4%. Waynesboro went 68.9% to 31.0% for McDonnell. And Augusta County went 77.4% to 22.5% for the GOP candidate.
In 2010, the Dems did not even field a candidate here for the Congressional race.
It is also encouraging that in 2010, SW Virginia voted out Rick Boucher. This is traditional Democrat territory, but Obama's stance on coal may have pushed them into the GOP column for good.