When I say the ground operations that Obama’s team have put together on the ground are huge, what I really mean to say is that they are bloody massive. Last weekend alone hundreds of Californians, and myself, drove down to the neighbouring swing state of Nevada (Las Vegas) just so they could knock on doors, deliver leaflets and encourage fellow Democrats to go out and vote.
All of this has been organised automatically over the internet. You sign up on the Obama website, websites to hook up with others so you car-pool there, and a ton of people in Las Vegas offering supporter housing, couches and sheds so Californians can come and stay while campaigning. In fact the Las Vegas people were overwhelmed with the number of people who came. There are similar campaigns running for Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and more. It’s rather mind-boggling the number of young, middle-aged and older people doing this in their free time.
As a bonus, I also attended my first ever Obama rally while in Vegas! Here are some pics:
(“black man running and it ain’t from the police!”)
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