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  •  How's GOTV in MN? (1+ / 0-)
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    Franken needs the Obama bump.

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      Jeff Blodgett, who was Senator Wellstone's campaign manager and now runs Wellstone Action, is Senator Obama's state director.  He is one of the best (if not the best) DFL operatives.  He also knows the importance of grassroots support and values the ground game.

      There are 37 Obama offices in Minnesota. During the last four days of the campaign, that will expand to 130 GOTV action centers spread out from Grand Marais to East Grand Forks to Worthington to La Cresent. Why the massive expansion? The campaign has to accommodate some 20,000 volunteers who have already committed to helping during those final days (including 10,000 who have already signed up to help on Election Day alone!) To put this in perspective, in 2004 the Kerry campaign had about 10,000 volunteers during the final GOTV period and 5,000 volunteers on Election Day...So what will this army of volunteers be doing? The Obama campaign has identified a universe of 500,000 sporadic and new voters who they think are likely to vote for the DFL ticket if they get to the polls. Each one of these 500,000 people will be contacted 4 to 6 times between now and Election Day. The vast majority of these contacts will be made through doorknocking, though phone banking will be used in rural areas.
      People say this every campaign, but there is no doubt it is true this time around: this is the largest GOTV effort in Minnesota history.

      "Never separate the life you live from the words you speak" -Paul Wellstone

      by WellstoneDem on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 06:11:38 PM PDT

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