Human Events reporter Julie Ershadi embedded with a busload of Romney volunteers to Virginia
On the day both presidential candidates canceled campaign stops in a key swing state due to Hurricane Sandy, a small but dedicated contingent of volunteer activists headed in to get out the vote in that same state Oct. 28.
‚??Hello, this is Grant, and I‚??m calling from the Romney-Ryan campaign office to see if Mitt Romney can count on your support on November 6th,‚?Ě Grant J. Grissom, a volunteer on a day trip, told Fredericksburg, Va. voters during his morning phone banking shift at the local campaign office.
Operating out of its Capitol Hill headquarters, the Republican National Committee has sent GOP activists on charter buses to local swing states since early October. On the same morning as the Fredericksburg group’s day trip, a busload of more volunteers left for a 10-day deployment to Ohio, a state where an Oct. 28 Plain Dealer/Ohio Newspaper poll of likely voters showed President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger in a dead heat, with 49 percent support going to each.
Grissom and the 14 other volunteers on the trip to Virginia went door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Fredericksburg and neighboring communities, identifying definite supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as well as undecided voters as part of the greater Get Out The Vote undertaking.
The door-to-door process is essentially one of double-checking the work the campaign office has been doing for months of narrowing the focus of their Get Out The Vote efforts to just those who support the Republican ticket.
In the coming days, and especially on the Nov. 6 election day, campaigners working out of the Fredericksburg office will contact these voters again and encourage them to take their support to the polls.
Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves paid a visit to the campaign office and said, ‚??It‚??s all about the grassroots at this point. People are becoming cauterized by all the radio and TV ads. It‚??s gonna come down to personal relationships and people who knock on their doors.‚?Ě
‚??Nothing can take the place of personal contact and flesh-to-flesh interactions,‚?Ě he said.
‚??And that‚??s why it‚??s critical that we have deployments like this,‚?Ě he said.
Grissom, the grassroots volunteer, said the response he got in neighborhoods was largely positive.
‚??Even as I was walking down the street, we had people drive by and give us the thumbs-up. One guy was driving his red truck and chewing on a cigar and asked us for some of our flyers,‚?Ě he said.
‚??It was gratifying to see that Virginia, while it may be a swing state, has a substantial chance of swinging our way,‚?Ě he said.