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  • Its going to be a long week

    by Sunny
    28th October, 2008 at 8:51 am    

    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!”)

    more pics here

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    1. Gege — on 28th October, 2008 at 10:20 am  

      I hope it’s legal for foreigners to campaign in US elections otherwise the bloggers will be on your case.

    2. chairwoman — on 28th October, 2008 at 12:35 pm  


    3. Leon — on 28th October, 2008 at 3:13 pm  

      Gege, it is the campaign can’t accept donations from you though.

    4. jaz — on 28th October, 2008 at 3:50 pm  


      I have been contacted by a journalist on the Times who is looking for a hardcore Obama fan to feature in a short video they should have paraphernalia eg obama tshirts/mugs/flipflops.
      They will require approx 20 mins of your time deadline is tomorrow please email rhonabuchanan@timesonline Thank you for your help.

    5. Vikrant — on 28th October, 2008 at 8:29 pm  

      I hope it’s legal for foreigners to campaign in US elections otherwise the bloggers will be on your case.

      Interestingly i tried campaigning for Obama, but was turned away ’cause my ‘exotic’ Estuary accent. But then again i live in Illinois so it doesnt matter.

    6. Vikrant — on 28th October, 2008 at 8:30 pm  

      Gege, it is the campaign can’t accept donations from you though.

      Well you can donate if you are a non-citizen permanent resident.

    7. douglas clark — on 28th October, 2008 at 10:37 pm  


      I am looking forward to this all being over and you writing some long posts about what you’ve learned!

      Obama 2012!

    8. Leon — on 28th October, 2008 at 11:32 pm  

      Vikrant, didn’t know that cheers for the correction.

    9. Nyrone — on 29th October, 2008 at 1:39 am  

      It’s great reading these updates:)
      It really must be electrifying out there.

    10. 5cc — on 29th October, 2008 at 4:00 pm  

      Very cool indeed. I was in Vegas a few weeks ago and saw absolutely nothing remotely election connected on the streets at all. It was as if the whole thing was taking place on another planet.

      In the couple of weeks following I went to San Francisco and Hawaii. Awash with Obama Biden stickers, badges, t-shirts, baseball caps and what have you. I didn’t see a single McCain Palin anywhere.

      Now I’m at home in the sodding cold and intensely jealous.

    11. Jai — on 29th October, 2008 at 4:56 pm  

      Nice pics Sunny. Must be a really exciting experience for you — and in the decades ahead, when people talk about this year’s historic election, you’ll be able to look back, misty-eyed, and proudly say “I was there” ;)

    12. Refresh — on 30th October, 2008 at 6:26 pm  

      Sunny, I guess you are preoccupied with the campaign, but it would be good to hear more from you.

      Just lately I’ve started thinking about the practicalities of such a campaign. Technically speaking how are they keeping track of voting intentions, and how do they decide who they will push to get to the polls?

      When knocking on doors do you have specific questions you ask to identify the level of support? How do you record these views and intentions? Do you ask to speak to everyone registered to vote at that address?

      Do you leave sorry you were out cards?

      And finally do you always shut the gate behind you?

      I am really keen to know.

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