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Ground Game:Romney Campaign Targets Low-Propensity Early Voters,Banks on Strong Election Day Turnout
The Daily Beast ^ | October 25, 2012 | Rich Galen

Posted on 10/30/2012 2:01:11 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Romney’s political director says his team is more focused on getting people less inclined to vote to send in absentee ballots or go to the polls—and is successfully cutting the president’s lead among early voters.

Rich Beeson, political director of the Romney campaign, is not moved by reports of a huge “ground game” advantage on the part of the Obama campaign.

“The only metric anyone has seen is the number of offices and the number of staff on the ground,” Beeson said. “In Virginia, Obama has 80 offices, we have 26,” he said by way of example. “In Florida the Obama campaign has 100 offices; we have 41.”

As the old saying goes, generals and political operatives are always fighting the last war. Beeson said if the Romney team wanted more offices—or thought they would provide a measurable difference in the vote, they would have opened more offices.

Beeson is a seasoned political hand, having been the political director at the Republican National Committee, among other high-profile posts.

“This isn’t 2008 when we were restricted by funds,” he said. “We didn’t have the money four years ago, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten how to organize and turn out our voters.”

Speaking from the Romney campaign offices in Boston, Beeson was asked about reports of large leads for Obama among early voters.

“We have a completely different strategy. They are voting their high-propensity voters first,” he said, adding that the Obama campaign want their base vote in the bank as soon as possible. “We know our high-propensity voters will vote; we’re focusing our early voting operation on the lower-propensity voters. We want them to get to the polls or to send in their absentee ballots before Election Day.”

He said he was confident about Election Day voters. “Our turnout will be far stronger.”......

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: groundgame; romneyryan2012; turnout; voting
It will come down to TURN OUT!!!
1 posted on 10/30/2012 2:01:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Got to give it up to the Romney team....much better than I thought they would be. Makes McCain’s effort look like the joke it was in 08.


2 posted on 10/30/2012 2:07:55 AM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: LongWayHome; All

“One week from Election Day, the presidential race has tightened dramatically in Ohio, which appears more likely than any other state to decide who will win the White House.

A Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday shows Mitt Romney overtaking President Obama in Ohio for the first time since May, with 50 percent support to Obama’s 48. This follows a Cincinnati Enquirer/Ohio News poll over the weekend that showed the candidates tied at 49 percent.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls still shows Obama ahead, 48.6 to 46.7 percent, but that spread might flatter the president’s current position because it includes a CNN-ORC and Public Policy Polling survey, released last week, which showed him up by 4 points, and a Time magazine poll giving him a 5-point lead.

With perhaps only a handful of true toss-up states left, Ohio could prove indispensable for each campaign in their quest for the 270 Electoral College votes necessary for victory................”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/264731-presidential-race-just-got-tighter-in-election-ground-zero-ohio


3 posted on 10/30/2012 2:10:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All
Dispatch from the Ohio Front
4 posted on 10/30/2012 2:11:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ve seen the occasional hand-wringing here at FR about Obama’s vaunted ground game and how superior it is to Romney’s. This should help put an end to that untruth and reassure some anxieties. As well as explain why Romney IS going to win Ohio.

Thanks for posting it.

To all: go forward in faith that GOD will help America! In GOD we trust. Right?

Put aside doubt and disbelief and pray, think, and speak GOD’s blessings on Romney and Ryan and other agents of change for the better in America’s politics!


5 posted on 10/30/2012 2:12:26 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Should also mention that I’m in Mass & Romney is hitting the NH TV market from here at about 8 TV spots for every 1 run by Obama. He’s got Obama on blast 24/7 on TV & radio day after day.


6 posted on 10/30/2012 2:15:50 AM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If I see one more tread about the 'race tightening in Ohio'!!!.

Ohio is going GOP-period.

7 posted on 10/30/2012 2:16:00 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama needs to get his base to vote early before more facts come out on the Banghazi diaster.


8 posted on 10/30/2012 2:17:25 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Nervous Tick

This can’t be a squeaker as that will leave the path open for fraudulent Dem votes and the Left’s army of lawyers waiting in the wings to act.


9 posted on 10/30/2012 2:18:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No - its the candidate, stupid.

In the end that’s who people vote for. All the turnout in the world means nothing if they don’t like you!

Romney has the advantage that he’s seen as a person people want to vote for because they like him. Sure, turnout helps but in the end, it all begins and ends with the candidate.


10 posted on 10/30/2012 2:21:55 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved FrieGrnd Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Not always. I'm voting against Obama/Biden/Jarrett/Jones/Chu/etc.

I'd vote against them no matter who was running.

11 posted on 10/30/2012 2:26:22 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: goldstategop
No - its the candidate, stupid. In the end that’s who people vote for. All the turnout in the world means nothing if they don’t like you!

I get the feeling you didn't read the article; that's precisely the point made in the last two paragraphs of it. :-)

12 posted on 10/30/2012 2:27:32 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Nervous Tick

I read the article.

The Romney Campaign’s greatest asset is the candidate.

Without him, they couldn’t win an election for dogcatcher.


13 posted on 10/30/2012 2:38:42 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved FrieGrnd Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Sorry, the “No — it’s the candidate” threw me off.

It’s actually both candidate and campaign, though; in these modern times, a good candidate without a good campaign is dead in the water.

Then again, in 2008 a really BAD candidate won with good branding and a savvy campaign (and weak opposition)...


14 posted on 10/30/2012 2:44:52 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: goldstategop

One thing for sure, the libs won’t give Romney three and a half years to blame Obama for all the country’s ills.


15 posted on 10/30/2012 2:47:37 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Nervous Tick

When the candidate is good - a winning campaign is icing on the cake.

When the candidate is terrible - even the most well-oiled machine in the world isn’t much help.

That sums why Romney holds the upper hand and why Obama is losing.


16 posted on 10/30/2012 2:52:18 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved FrieGrnd Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
As a Great businessman ( I sure if he would have stayed in business he would have been a billionaire many times over)

He knows what he is doing.

His son stepped and saw the weakness Obama popular and his Dad wasn't with the people and turned that around, anything to beat Obama and they rode it

17 posted on 10/30/2012 3:16:58 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: LongWayHome
Got to give it up to the Romney team....much better than I thought they would be. Makes McCain’s effort look like the joke it was in 08.

Correct, but not to protect mcpain too much, he didn't have 4 years of obama's record to run against... not that it would have helped him.

If Sarah had run this year...[SIGH}...

18 posted on 10/30/2012 3:38:46 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: goldstategop
Romney has the advantage that he’s seen as a person people want to vote for because they like him.

Nope. The most motivated voters just fear more Obama. It isn't even close. They don't really like or trust Romney. This also happened in '72. No one has ever accused RIchard Nixon of being terribly likeable.
19 posted on 10/30/2012 3:47:15 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is exactly what our observers at election HQ in Montgomery County OHare reporting. There are no bus loads of people being dropped off. Rather, they report that the Ds coming in appear to be more affluent “regular” D voters. Their early GOTV effort, compared.to 08, has been a flop.


20 posted on 10/30/2012 3:54:58 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Dr. Sivana; USS Alaska
What you say was true before the first debate, but not now. Polls show a 189 degree flip from those who say they were "voting against Obama" to those who say they are "voting for Romney." It's a pretty clear switch. People don't put up yard signs for Romney if they ar voting "against." I am seeing signs in neighbors's yards who have never been political before.

A while a year ago I thought any conservative, including Palin, could beat Obama, over the last six mints talking with OH voters, there is no way other candidates could have pulled this off.

First---and this is critical in he cases of Palin, Santorum, and Newt---none of them has anywhere near the managerial skill or organization to do this. I know people close to both Newt and Palin---friends and very tight confidents--- who have gone on at length about their poor organizational and staffing skills.

I know some don't like hearing this but I know that decision akin in Palin's early organization was horrifically sluggish because she simply wouldn't delegate---everything had to be her call alone. Well, sorry, NO successful organization works lie that. In Newt's case, he constantly had four or five balls in the air and couldn't focus on a campaign.

Whatever one think of his ideological shortcomings Mitt figured out Obama's game and beat him with his on GOTV strategies. I think, given the fact at he DOESN'T have that charismatic Reagan-Clinton-Palin quality, it makes the rallies e's holding all he more amazing. A year later, think he is the only person who could have won.

21 posted on 10/30/2012 4:17:19 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS; All
Being continuously updated:

2012 Newspaper Endorsements

Note how many have flipped since last year to the GOP candidate and how many just flat chickened out and will not endorse this year.

22 posted on 10/30/2012 4:47:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: LS
Whatever one think of his ideological shortcomings Mitt figured out Obama's game and beat him with his on GOTV strategies.

You are 100% correct about Mitt's organizational skill set and it is a major reason I'm voting FOR ROMNEY/RYAN and also against the communist, halfrican, mooselimb, prick that is mooching off of my taxes.

After the election Romney will need every bit of his experience to clean out the internal liberal cockroaches that have infested the gummint.

God speed President Romney...man it like the sound of that...PRESIDENT ROMNEY, UMMMM, UMMMM, UMMMM.

23 posted on 10/30/2012 5:45:27 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: USS Alaska
Romney has the managerial skill. I do sense that in the last six months he has gained more conservative timber than he had a year ago, and he will need THAT just as much as his skills.

The one thing that I have REALLY come to like about Romney---and for which he was criticized during the GOP primaries---is that he is ruthless. Good! I WANT that in a president when dealing with the other side. He for the most part seems to "stay above it all," but his minions (in a good sense) work behind the scenes to constantly defeat his enemies---Newt, Santorum, or Obama. I don't think that will change. I'll private mail you one example I don't want to share publicly.

24 posted on 10/30/2012 6:34:05 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Of all the flips, the most painful one (for Obama) has got to be the Des Moines Register.

Iowa is not a sizable state and the Register has pretty good readership across the state. Hopefully, the endorsement is worth a few % points to Romney.


25 posted on 10/30/2012 10:08:13 PM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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