Monday, October 06, 2008

Get Out the Vote -- Part 3

Yesterday was week 3 of canvassing. This was the first time that Obama supporters clearly outnumbered McCain supporters. Was it the neighborhood? The result of this week’s debate?

We had a mix of town houses and garden apartments. Once again most of the people who answered the door were not white. They were Hispanic, African American, or from some other foreign country.

There were still a lot of no-answers. But of those who did open the door, the ratio was 6 to 1 for Obama. They actually said things like, “This election is so important for the future of our country.”

A teenage girl asked if there was something she could do as a volunteer. Another person completed a voter registration form just in the nick of time. Yet another took an application for an absentee ballot to send to his daughter in California.

One man said somewhat apologetically that he was voting for McCain because he was a veteran, as though there were no veterans voting for Obama.

But lest we become complacent, this is Northern Virginia, not typical of the rest of the state. And even though our numbers looked good today, the Post still reports Virginia as a toss-up.

So we will continue to go out and knock on doors up until the election.

Meanwhile as the Republicans ramp up their smear campaign, I hope the rest of the country will be smart enough to recognize it for what it is and demand that they address important issues like the economy instead of dipping into their bag of dirty tricks.


Blogger Adrianne said...

It is great news that Obama is doing so well among your last group of interviewees, whatever be the reason. I hope that the upswing in support for Obama that you found in NVa is indeed indicative of a broader trend!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Thanks for doing this!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Adrianne -- The election may still be too close for comfort.

Kristin -- It's one of the few things I can actually do that makes me feel useful!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Lemmonex said...

I feel really hopeful--truly hopeful--that Obama will win VA and the presidency. I have to be hopeful.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Yeah, I've read that Obama faces quite a challenge in the southwestern part of Virginia. Hopefully NoVa will more than balance that out!

Bravo for your great work on his behalf. Seriously.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Lemmonex -- The thought of the alternative makes me really scared!

Steve -- It's hard to imagine how diverse this state really is. Although Northern Virginia is more populous and pro-Obama, the southwestern part of the state is the bastion of conservatism. It's definitely going to be close. I keep hearing that the difference might be the young people with cell phones, who are predominantly for Obama and who are not in any of the polls. They may be worth as much as 2% of the vote!

9:57 AM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

I mentioned last week that a friend sent me an EMail to make sure I voted McCain...I was glad to see that she wasn't too offended when I told her I was leaning to Bam-Bam. here's her reply
"Whoever you vote for, I am sure will be the right choice. Hope that it is McCain/Palin because of their belief in God. I really feel Obama will take this country down the wrong road to socialism. He just has too many of the wrong friends over the years to get my vote.
many blessings, Lana"

If I were to go to my Sunday School School Class, they would act as though it was a given I would be voting McCain.
I think it will be closer than most bAM-BAMERS think.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Bulletholes -- You should ask Lana if she is aware of McCain's association with Charles Keating? McCain was in his 50's when that blew up, not 8 years old as Obama was when Ayers left his mark on history (assuming that was the "friend" she was referring to).

The economic problems are definitely working to Obama's favor, as people look at any way to distance themselves from the current administration and more of the same.

12:03 PM  

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