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Okay here's the deal - the diaries in the Support Sestak series have been averaging comments in the teens. That's not bad, per se - and in fact I've been thrilled and motivated to hear from such enthusiastic Sestak supporters.  However, I think we can do better.  

I've got a lot of personal obligations during the weekends in October - which means I can't spend as much time as I'd like doing my GOTV activity of choice, canvassing.  I would like to make up for it by doing phone calls, and think that you all can help me with a little extra motivation. :-)

To that end, every comment that this diary gets (including my own) I will match by doing 5 minutes worth of calling for Sestak next week.

Head over the fold to enter the challenge --- and to find out ways you can directly help GOTV!

That's right - every comment left here gets me on the phone with voters for 5 mins. next week talking about how awesome Joe Sestak is and how awful Pat Toomey is (at least, until we hit 30 comments).  Each user gets an unlimited number of entries/comments. :-)

Anyone who wants to make a similar or complementary pledge, (maybe you want to do the same, sponsor the next 30 comments, or pledge to make calls for your candidate of choice) feel free to leave a comment!  I'd love it if this diary could mobilize more than just me!

(No this isn't just because Friday is a slow news day or because I have to be on the road ASAP.  Not "just," anyway.)

If you're hankering to get directly involved, without the shenanigans of a diary contest, here's a list of ways to help put Sestak over the top, no matter where you live:

  1. Donate (I set up a new ActBlue page, it seems to me this series ought to be able to get at least 50 contributors - my email - feel free to cut-and-paste - got us several new donors!)
  1. Canvass --- getting out the vote is critical. You can also go to their contact us page --- they just opened four new offices!
  1. Call - they have a Virtual Phone Bank, so you can make calls from anywhere! (h/t angel65)
  1. Send email (link takes you to the diary yesterday with a template) or call or talk in person with those you know in Pennsylvania about this race.
  1. Go to go.joesestak.com (GoJoe for short) create an account, and look for ways to get involved.
  1. And, if you are in Pennsylvania, plan to vote, and bring as many people with you as possible.

Other diaries in the series:
#16 - New ad says Toomey=Santorum (w/VIDEO)
#15 - Sestak pummels Toomey on economy (w/VIDEO)
#14 - Pushing Obama on Afghanistan, and October debates!
#13 - GoJoe site is back and today is voter reg deadline!
#12 - The narrative begins to change.
#11 - Matching funds until tonight! And, Sestak in his own words.
#10 - New Poll, We're Gaining Ground!
#9 - Toomey's outlandish beliefs on parade
#8 - Knocking on doors in Pittsburgh this past weekend
#7 - The Admirable Admiral weighs in on tax cuts.
#6 - Sestak v. Toomey on crime
#5 - Mobilizing Pennsylvania's Progressives
#4 - Why is dKos advertising for a Tea Party Republican?!
#3 - Obama's other engagement today
#2 - Lies, Damn Lies, and Pat Toomey's ads.
#1 - Let's do better than the teabaggers in DE.  Seriously, people, fight for it.

Thanks for reading, and make sure to check in on Monday for a final tally and to see what the weekend brings in this incredibly important contest.

Originally posted to demandcaring on Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 09:03 AM PDT.

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