“Like a dream come true”

Barack Obama visits some phone bankers in Missouri, and jumps on a few calls:

Throughout the nation, activists are knocking on doors, registering new voters, dialing their neighbors, and doing everything they can to see to it that the morning of November 5 is a lot more fun than Nov. 3, 2004, or November 8, 2000. Obama is taking a few days at the end of this week to visit his ailing grandmother, but people are too fired up to let the campaign lag while he’s off the trail.

It seems to be paying off:

Sen. Barack Obama has made new gains in two key counties that could tip the balance in the swing states of Nevada and North Carolina, according to the results of a new Politico/InsiderAdvantage poll.

Voters in Reno, Nevada?s Washoe County prefer Obama over Sen. John McCain by a double-digit margin, 50 percent to 40 percent. A previous Politico/Insider Advantage survey, taken October 9, showed the race deadlocked in Washoe with Obama ahead of McCain, 46 percent to 45 percent.

Washoe County is key to winning Nevada, and Nevada is key to winning the election.

That effort is paying off in early voting, which started last Saturday:

Third day [turnout] exceeds second. Turnout will hit double-digits Tuesday. Democrats still have huge lead — 40,625 -17,509. That’s 59 percent to 25 percent. (Monday it was 13,099-6,419.) In CD3, it’s 2-to-1 Democratic voter lead. Senate 5 (Heck) just under 2-to-1 Democrats; Senate 6 (Beers) about 2-to-1, too. The Democrats essentially are doubling the GOP turnout — or more — every day. Can they possibly keep this up?

I hope so, and I plan to do all I can to make sure it happens. What about you?


  1. #1 Kathy
    October 21, 2008

    I volunteered 3 hours to canvas for Obama (not much but it is the time I had). I was very impressed with the organization and dedication of the full-time volunteers. They gave us a packet with specific names and addresses plus a guide for what to ask and a form to fill out for each house visited. I believe they are on top of it. I will volunteer in some capacity on election day.

    I voted today in early voting and am making sure that my two sons (20 and 23) vote (including one who is going to school in Paris). Right now, Obama is ahead here in Colorado.

  2. #2 a lurker
    October 21, 2008

    “Nevada is key to winning the election.”

    With only five electoral votes, the only way Nevada will be key to anything is if the electoral college is closely divided. It clearly is not. Your link is rather dated.

  3. #3 Damien
    October 21, 2008

    I hope that Obama is the model for every president to come after him. The kind of personal attention and openness that he’s shown is really astonishing.

    Of course, maybe I’m just saying that because if he called me right now I might cry like a little girl at a Hannah Montana concert.

  4. #4 Bob O'H
    October 22, 2008

    Which joker put up the Hilary sign in the office? It first appears at about 50s in, but you can see it clearly at 1:50.

  5. #5 Involved1
    October 22, 2008

    The one factor that could skew these results is the Democrats’ tremendous, ongoing effort across the nation to encourage early voting. (I’m not aware that the Republicans are using the same strategy.) It’s a fairly safe bet that these early numbers won’t be negated on Election Day, but there is a realistic chance that the overall disparity will be lessened.

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