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It's the day before election day; before I depart for my third day of canvassing in pursuit of a blue Ohio, I'll note a few details of my busy, busy day yesterday.

First: people rave about microtargeting, and it's awesome. The main microtargeting program is called "Sage," and it has rapidly become a verb (along the lines of "Google") meaning "to find a voter using Sage." People Sage themselves, their families and friends, even Senate candidates (Mike DeWine is in a category unlikely to be a Brown voter.)

However, microtargeting is only a recipe. The ingredients are volunteers and plenty of 'em, and the cooking process is canvassing.

Yesterday I got my clipboard from Erica at Cranley HQ and knocked on about 200 doors in the North College Hill neighborhood, a working-class area to the north of Cincinnati's heart. Then I returned to tally my results. Like many a person at the HQ, I'm coming down with a little something: lots of activity and little sleep, long hours walking around outdoors, and constant contact with a flow of people makes a campaign in its final days into a petri dish. Immune systems are racing against time.

The immune system is an apt metaphor for the role of Democratic campaign volunteers in Ohio. A nasty sicknes has infected the body politic (it must have been something they ate in the last six years or so). The fight to get rid of it produces the usual symptoms: sniffles, fevers, negative campaign ads. (If you haven't seen the NRCC's awful "7 Year Olds!" anti-Cranley ad, do yourself a favor and do so now.)

After I bid a very fond farewell to Team Cranley (hopefully followed up by a congratulatory call tomorrow night), I hopped in the car and headed up I-71 to Lorain County, where my roommate is helping run Sherrod Brown's canvass operations. No rest for the weary: although I arrived at 9:00 at night, I was put straight to work printing out precinct maps for those delightfully targeted Sage lists. The office is coordinating canvassing in Oberlin, Elyria and Lorain, so if you're around there, join us!

And so today we work and work, tomorrow we work and work some more, and tomorrow night as the polls close at 7:30, we get to see just what kind of cake we baked. I am hoping it will be delicious.

Originally posted to Seth D on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 10:04 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tipjar (6+ / 0-)

    By the way, CQ Politics must have been reading these diaries: yesterday they declared OH01 and OH02 "No Clear Favorite."

  •  Good Work From Here in N.W. Ohio (0+ / 0-)

    Tomorrow will be a good day, I think.

    The only smarts I have are that I'm smart enough to know I can outwork 'em- Woody Hayes

    by Mighty Ike on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 10:17:42 AM PST

  •  The redrawing of OH-01 after the 2000 census (0+ / 0-)

    made Chabot undefeatable. He will be another Bill Gradison, who "represented" OH-01 and OH-02 (districts #'s flipped after 1980 census) for a combined total of 10 terms. First elected in 1974, Gradison stayed until 1993, when the torch was passed to Rob Portman.

    Chabot has pissed on the 1994 Republican "Contract with America", wherein Representatives promised to limit their careers in the House to six terms.  

  •  Thank you and all you work with. (0+ / 0-)

    I have a toddler in NYC so I can't do much and my city is BLUE and my state is becoming BLUE, but my sister and BIL live in Ohio and they need some educataion!!

    I imagine they will vote rep anyway. BIL loves his tax cut and he sells and leases commerical space, and my sister does what he does. sigh

  •  I really have to wonder about GOP "microtargeting" (1+ / 0-)
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    To be honest, if they are so brilliant at doing this, why all of a sudden for the first time ever in this cycle have I been push-polled about Blackwell and received a deluge of direct mail from Republican campaigns including Betty Montgomery's for attorney general and (shudder) "Sandy" O'Brien's for treasurer, as well as a Republican sample ballot? I have been a registered Democrat ever since starting to vote in Ohio in the mid 70s and in that time, have never been contacted by the Republican party. Since 2004, I have been activitely involved in Democratic campaigns and groups so I should be even higher profile as a not-so-inclinded person that isn't worth their time, money and postage.

    To me this has the feeling of flailing. You don't  waste all that effort on a Democratic activist.

    by anastasia p on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 11:16:32 AM PST

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