Skip to comments.Ground Troops in Ohio
Posted on 10/31/2012 4:06:04 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Stormy weather wasn't enough to prevent George Cullen from canvassing for Mitt Romney this week. Monday, while Ohio was hit by cold wind and rain, the Clermont County resident knocked on 25 doors -- but that's about half his average daily total, and Cullen has been knocking on doors in the suburbs of Cincinnati for the past five weeks.
While the conservatives he speaks to during his door-to-door visits are "energized," says Cullen, "A lot of them don't want to do early voting. They're traditionalists. They want to wait until Nov. 6."
Republicans are encouraging early-voting, but when Cullen tries to push this during his canvassing trips, he says, many of the conservatives tell him, "Don't worry. We will get there [on Election Day]."
A West Point graduate who served six years in the Army, Cullen is now one soldier in another army of grassroots volunteers who are determined to make a difference here in what all acknowledge as the crucial battleground of this presidential campaign. The question is whether supporters of Romney can match the vaunted Democrat "ground game" that helped President Obama carry Ohio by a quarter-million votes in 2008.
Cullen was at the Eastgate Holiday Inn here Tuesday for a pre-election event with Americans for Prosperity. Cullen's wife of 40 years, Rosemary, will be volunteering in AFP's Ohio phone-banking operation, part of a massive grassroots organizing effort by the free-market group, which has been closely allied with the Tea Party movement. While AFP's tax-exempt status prohibits them from engaging in what lawyers call "electioneering," they have mounted an intense campaign of "voter education."
The walls of AFP's Columbus office are festooned with maps showing a series of towns around Ohio's capital city: Gahanna, Hilliard, Westerville, Pickerington, Dublin and so on. Each map highlights clusters
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God bless you all in Ohio...I have seen the same reaction among the doors I have knocked on in Florida: the Republicans want to vote on Election Day.
One guy even told us he wanted to vote in person because he felt like it was sticking it to Obama in the back!
“One guy even told us he wanted to vote in person because he felt like it was sticking it to Obama in the back!”
My sentiments exactly.
That’s me. I want to vote on Nov. 6.
I can’t wait BUT I would never vote early... so count me in as part of the “November Surprise!”
I’m glad I’m not the only one! I vote on election day, bright and early.
.......I had to have an immediate vote high fix!!! “You are a more a man than I.”
Same here! I want that Schadenfreude pleasure at its max! Then I’ll go home and eat a bowl of popcorn, with prayers in between bites.
I vote on election day. An early or absentee vote can result in being forgotten in a trunk or burned in a plane crash. No Thanks.
Why give the rats days of advance time to steal my vote? I vote when on election day!
I voted early in Illinois, but only because I’ll be poll-watching on the big day.
I have read from several sources that the thrust of the Romney campaign concerning early voting is to get voters to the polls that might ordinarily be chance or questionable votes. They are not the ones like us, who will crawl over glass in a storm to vote against Obama on election day. They are not working to get out the hardcore vote early. They know they will turn out!
The Dems, on the other hand, are working hard to get their base out, hoping to pump up enthusiasm because of the supposed “mass turn out” for the Imperial One. And even this hasn’t worked. Polls show that nationally more Rep then Dems have early voted and that in Ohio, the Obama edge is way down from 2008.
It is my opinion that the Hard Core Dems don’t know the tsunami that is about to wash over them!
Back in NY & NJ their base is too busy looting to vote.
We are calling Ohio and Nevada today from St. George, Utah.
We door knocked Mesquite, Nevada last night into the dark. (8:00 pm) What a Romney “love fest” it was! The local early voting place, the Senior Center had very, very long lines everyone told us. We are banking our Republican votes so that the Democrats cannot go on TV and tell the voters in Clark County how far ahead they are! They do this to keep the independents and Republican low propensity voters away from the polls, which we are winning. If you feel comfortable early voting, do it (just look at the audit trail when you are voting!) It would help us in these swing states.
I voted yesterday, only did so because I expect to be pollwatching on the Big Day.