Local Obama, Romney supporters gear up to help campaigns

Local Obama, Romney supporters gear up to help campaigns

Posted: Updated:

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Local supporters of President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney are aiding the candidates in last minute campaigning.  

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows the race in a dead heat. Forty nine percent support President Obama, while 48 percent back Mitt Romney.  

The margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.  

Phone calls and setting up campaign signs are some of the typical support efforts, but there are others that take a bit more dedication.   

With less than 48 hours until the election, the headquarters of the Knox County Republicans and Democrats are bustling with activity.    

"Countywide, we got people making phone calls, we've got people set up to make phone calls from home, there's a lot of that going on," said Gloria Johnson, the chair of the Knox County Democratic Party and Democratic candidate for Tennessee's 13th District House of Representative seat.  

"They're still putting together signs they'll be delivering Monday night," said Alexander Waters, Knox County campaign director of Mitt Romney for President. "People want to get involved and they want to make an impact, and we're putting them to work."  

Volunteers at Knox County's Republican headquarters have been making about 4,000 calls a week, urging support of local republican candidates Gov. Romney.  

It is not just Knox County residents getting calls, but those in the swing states as well.

"One week we're calling into Ohio. One week we're calling to Virginia," Waters said. "Wherever we're needed the most."  

With Tennessee seen as a Republican stronghold, the Obama campaign is asking voters to help in other places.  

Local Obama volunteers have been calling hundreds of Knox County voters asking for help in North Carolina.

The recording asks voters "for your help by coming to North Carolina to turn out the vote."  

Transportation, free lodging and meals are offered for volunteers to work in the Raleigh-Durham North Carolina area.    

A van will provided travel to North Carolina Monday evening around 5 p.m. and will return late on Election Day.  

"Some will make phone calls, some will assist them in transporting them to voting stations, some will hand out pamphlets," said Carl Willard, an Obama for America volunteer.  

Willard said there will be a bus full of volunteers departing to North Carolina from Knoxville.  

Around 110,000 Knox County voters have already cast their ballot during early voting. Polls will open in the county at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WATE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.