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  •  I don't know (3+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, quixotic, Vatexia

    I volunteered on the campaign for NC-09. We did everything we could, but got outspent 6-1. The final vote count left us 20,000 votes short, with us getting creamed in Iredell and Union Counties, which were strongly republican leaning. To make up that vote differential, especially when we don't have a dem vote sink in our district does not give me hope going forward.

    Still, doesn't mean we are going to give up.

    •  the question i have is always... (3+ / 0-)
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      citylights, Vatexia, slothlax

      what do we have to do to turnout dems in non-presidential elections?

      and how do we raise that $1B that obama raked in for congress/senate/state races in the off season.

      i've no doubt we can do it...the question is just how.  i want to believe that the obama machine could just re-focus on this and then we win...but unfortunately it just doesn't work that way.

      we have to re-focus ourselves and it's the biggest herd of cats i've ever seen.  what an overwhelming mess.

      i'm in NC-6.  if you need a hand...just give a shout.

    •  There were other districts (2+ / 0-)
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      Vatexia, slothlax

      where Democrats were hugely outspent, yet they pulled out wins. This is due to a variety of factors. A highly unpopular, out-of-touch Republican incumbent, whom an expensive TV ad blitz can't rehabilitate. Expensive, highly unpopular TV advertising that most would-be voters just come to hate. This opens the way for a Democrat who runs a lively campaign.

      Now, as we saw in the last election, the unlimited funding for TV ads, generally, didn't help their side at the polls much. This is partly because the other side doesn't know yet how to USE the newly-legal funding. On the other hand, they may never really find a way to use it. Why? With a wide demographic change underway, the basic RW messages of austerity and exclusion don't resonate with the majority of voters, anymore. In the city I live in, the forced-birth nuts have been slathering their expensive posters in low-income and minority neighborhoods. The posters feature an adorable BLUE-EYED, PINK-CHEEKED infant (you know, this is who will die if mommy has an abortion). That's just one example of heavily bankrolled conservative messaging that fails, anyway, because it's tone-deaf. There will be more.

      Though there were districts such as yours where attack ads did seem to help their side, I'd question whether this is an isolated phenomenon, or really a harbinger.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:47:44 AM PST

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