Polls: Romney rising/Obama enthusiasm down
While Obama battles a worsening enthusiasm problem, polls are narrowing in Romney’s favor and we’re seeing it on the ground with tens of thousands of volunteers (and a 63 percent increase in participation since the debate) taking part in our Super Saturday turnout effort this weekend.
DEMOCRATS UNENTHUSIASTIC FOR OBAMA:
Politico: Battleground Tracking Poll: Dems less enthusiastic: President Barack Obama has a worsening enthusiasm problem.
A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of likely voters showed Obama ahead of Mitt Romney 49 percent to 48 percent nationally, a statistical tie and a point closer than a week ago. The head-to-head numbers have held remarkably steady through the past three weeks, but there’s been a notable shift of intensity from the Democrats to the Republicans since the party conventions over a month ago. Most of the poll’s calls were made before Romney’s strong performance at the first presidential debate in Denver. Only 73 percent who support Obama say they are “extremely likely” to vote, compared to 86 percent who back Romney. Likewise, 84 percent of Republicans say they are extremely likely to vote, compared to 76 percent of Democrats. Among those extremely likely to vote, Romney actually leads Obama 52 percent to 46 percent. That’s up from two points last week. Obama led 50 percent to 47 percent among this group three weeks ago.
ROMNEY DEBATE JOLT / GOP ENTHUSIASM ON THE GROUND:
Gallup: Romney Narrows Vote Gap After Historic Debate Win. By record-high margin, debate watchers say Romney did better.
Registered voters’ preferences for president are evenly split in the first three days of Gallup tracking since last Wednesday’s presidential debate. In the three days prior to the debate, Barack Obama had a five-percentage-point edge among registered voters.
Wall Street Journal, Romney Gets A Post-Debate Jolt: Online Donations, Bigger Crowds Gives Campaign Hope; Team Obama Looks to Mute Any Gains
Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance Wednesday night has generated $12 million in online contributions, his campaign said, as well as a surge in volunteers and bigger crowds at his events…Republicans and Democrats say Mr. Romney’s performance before a television audience of some 67 million people bought the GOP nominee a second look from swing voters and may help him improve an image battered by negative ads and his own missteps. The debate also gave Mr. Romney a chance to do something he couldn’t in the primary: trumpet his record of working with Democrats and present himself as a practical deal maker who favors results over ideology. One former Obama White House official said the debate “has caused people to take a second look at Romney.”…Mr. Romney’s debate performance triggered additional volunteers for the GOP’s next national turnout drive on Saturday. The number of people who signed up to volunteer to make calls, knock on doors and sign up supporters for Mr. Romney has shot up by nearly 63% since Wednesday night, campaign officials said. The Republican National Committee, working in conjunction with the Romney campaign and its various state parties, expects to contact nearly two million voters on Saturday and roughly five million for the week.
USA Today, GOP Holds ‘Super Saturday’ Turnout Effort
The Republicans are trying to use Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance to juice their get-out-the-vote effort. The party is holding a “Super Saturday” project today designed to make nearly 2 million voter contacts, said Republican officials. “The increased enthusiasm from the debate has already helped with volunteer recruitment and voter contacts,” said a Republican National Committee statement. The RNC said its volunteer lists have shot up by more than 60% since Wednesday’s debate, which Romney won according to post-debate polls; the party also trumpeted more than $12 million in online donations since Wednesday. “We’re harnessing this enthusiasm on the ground with thousands of volunteers making phone calls and knocking on doors to encourage their friends and neighbors to vote for Mitt Romney after four years of disappointment from President Obama,” said RNC political director Rick Wiley… After today, GOP officials said they will have knocked on 6 million doors, and contacted more than 35 million potential voters this year.
Republicans are taking a strong debate performance by Mitt Romney into the weekend, trying to contact 2 million voters in a get-out-the-vote effort they’re calling “Super Saturday.” Among the highlights of the all-day effort is Romney’s wife, Ann, making a surprise visit to a call center in Orlando, Fla., where she posed for pictures, signed campaigned posters and made several calls to prospective voters. “We appreciate all the work you’re doing, all the help you’re giving us,” said Romney, wearing red dress and bringing pizzas for the volunteers making calls. “Are you getting a lot of feedback about the debate on the calls?” This is one of just several Romney/RNC Victory Super Saturdays this election cycle in which volunteers make calls and campaign on the streets. Republicans say they have already made contact with more than 35 million potential voters going into this weekend.
Republican candidate Pat McCrory was slated to visit Winston-Salem and hold an afternoon rally there. Republican volunteers across the state also prepared for a day of door-knocking and phone calls to support Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates. The GOP said volunteers from South Carolina, Georgia and the District of Columbia also would help.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory made a campaign stop in Winston-Salem on Saturday. He spoke to young professionals at a meet and greet event. McCrory said he believes young people will head to the polls in record numbers. “This year it’s not hard to get young people motivated at all because these young people’s future is dependent upon this election and they’re tired of negative attacks on me and our presidential candidate and they want positive leadership for the future,” said McCrory.
Beach Carolina Magazine, Record Number of Volunteers Fill Victory Offices For Tarheel Turnout Push Across North Carolina
Tomorrow, Republicans in North Carolina and around the country will kick off the fourth monthly Super Saturday leading up to the November 6 election with a Tarheel Turnout. Across the state, volunteers will take to the streets and head to Victory offices to knock doors and make phone calls for Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican ticket. Volunteers from South Carolina, Georgia, and Washington D.C. will join our volunteer efforts across the state. With renewed enthusiasm after Governor Romney’s debate win on Wednesday, volunteers will make 100s of thousands of voter contacts, committing nearly 12,000 hours, or more than a year’s worth, of their time in a single day. Nationally, we have made over 30 million voter contacts, knocked 15 times more doors and made 5 times more phone calls than at the same point in 2008.
Cornelius Today, Mary Pawlenty A National Political Figure Visits Cornelius
Former Minnesota First Lady Mary Pawlenty was a guest at the North Mecklenburg Republican “Victory Office” in Cornelius today. Pawlenty spoke to volunteers and other Republican supporters about how to rally support for Republicans in North Carolina…Cornelius resident Susan Tillis, wife of North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, introduced Pawlenty at the appearance meant to unite Republican volunteers on the eve of the “Tar Heel Turnout.” North Carolina is classified as a “swing state” for November’s presidential election, meaning that neither the Republicans nor Democrats have a clear majority of the vote. On Oct. 6, Republican volunteers will be gathering for a considerable door-to-door and phone-banking operation dubbed the “Tar Heel Turnout.” “Our country would not be the country it is if it were not for people who are like you, who are caring and putting their time and their energy, their soul, and their passion into doing what you are doing. It makes all the difference in the world,” said Pawlenty. “No pressure, but North Carolina has got to go red. It is absolutely essential,” said Pawlenty.
Craig Romney, the youngest son of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, paid a visit to Ohio State’s campus Saturday afternoon as a part of the Romney campaign trail through Ohio. The 31-year-old stopped at the Ohio Union where he spoke with the OSU College Republicans as they went door to door talking to off-campus students and Columbus residents about the campaign in an effort called Buckeye Blitz. Craig Romney told the crowd, comprised of about 25 College Republicans, he had heard Ohio volunteers were the best volunteers and that the Romney campaign needed their hard work to help them win the election. Afterward, he spoke individually with the students and posed for pictures with the group in front of his campaign bus.
During a visit to the Mitt Romney Kent Victory Office Friday night, Craig Romney, the youngest of the presidential candidate’s sons, offered insight on the character of the former governor of Massachusetts.
Craig Romney said he prefers to let the politicians talk about policies so he can tell family stories that let voters get to know a more personal side of his father. He discussed Mitt Romney’s efforts in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, his accomplishments as a businessman and governor and his personality at home. “He’s famously frugal,” Craig Romney said. “I think my mom might even say cheap.” The economy is the most important issue to many of the Romney supporters. Vic Carter, a self-employed property manager and Kent State alumnus, said if the economy isn’t fixed, other issues will be irrelevant as the country fails.
“I know how important Ohio is in this election, and that’s why I’m out here working,” said Beth Hamad, 21, of the eastern Cincinnati suburb of Anderson Township. She goes out three to four times a week canvassing for the Romney campaign. Scott Jennings, state director for the Romney campaign, said the Republican side is well-positioned for the final push in Ohio. While the Obama campaign had the early benefit from the structure left in from its 2008 campaign in Ohio, Jennings said the Romney campaign has been building momentum. “Each week we’ve done more, done more, done more,” Jennings said. “We’ve got a whole heck of a lot of people. I am pleased as punch with this thing.”
Newark Advocate, Mitt Romney’s Youngest Son Rallies Volunteers In Heath
About 30 people arrived at the Heath campaign center for Mitt Romney on Saturday morning for a chance to listen to a high-ranking member of the Romney campaign. Craig Romney, the youngest son of the Republican presidential nominee, arrived at the center on a campaign bus around 9 a.m. Saturday, shaking hands and taking pictures with the volunteers as part of a monthly “Buckeye Blitz.” The blitz occurs on the first Saturday of every month and is a push for GOP volunteers to make phone calls and knock on doors to encourage political activity throughout Ohio. Romney stopped by Heath for about an hour on his way to a stop in Westerville before spending his afternoon knocking on doors with Ohio State University College Republicans in Columbus. “It’s a great opportunity to thank our volunteers,” he said. “We have great volunteers in Ohio who are working really hard.”
Detroit Free Press, Chris Christie Tells GOP Gathering In Novi: ‘We’re Going To Win This Election’
Buoyed by Mitt Romney’s performance in the first presidential debate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to Novi on Saturday night to try to boost GOP fortunes in Michigan… Party chairman Bobby Schostak congratulated the crowd for efforts during the latest Super Saturday on the campaign trail. More than 1,000 volunteers hit the streets across the state to knock on doors and make more than 100,000 phone calls on behalf of the GOP ticket.”
At the Scott County Republican Headquarters, dozens of volunteers went door-to-door to talk to voters or made phone calls. “Many of the callers we’re talking to agree that this is going to be the most important election of our lifetime so we’re hoping to mobilize that effort and get out the vote here in Scott County,” says Judy Davidson, Scott County Republican Chairwoman.
Iowa Republican, A Super Saturday
On Saturday, October 6, thousands of GOP volunteers participated in the biggest Iowa Super Saturday yet by getting on the phones and hitting the streets for Romney-Ryan and the Republican ticket. Whether it is jobs, taxes, spending, raiding Medicare to pay for job-killing ObamaCare or the President’s weak leadership abroad, we can’t afford four more years of President Obama’s policies. Mitt Romney’s plan for a stronger middle class will help restore America as the best place in the world to find a job, start a business, or hire a worker.
Eire Times News, Erie Volunteers Push Toward Election Day
Republican volunteer Kathy Volgstadt held one phone in each hand as she surveyed Pennsylvanians about the presidential race between Obama and Mitt Romney, along with U.S. Senate, congressional and state Attorney General races… “I get a lot of calls at the front desk about voter registration and people checking to see if they’re registered,” said Myrna Latimer, 76, a Millcreek resident who volunteers at the local GOP headquarters…
Bearing Drift, “Super Saturday” Sweeps Across Virginia
Fresh off a convincing debate victory and an overflowing rally in Augusta County, the Romney for President campaign took their message to every corner of the commonwealth Saturday. Campaign volunteers took to the phones and the streets to contact voters about the vision Mitt Romney has for the country. After Wednesday’s debate, the Romney Campaign raised more than $12 million in less than 48 hours and donations were coming in at a rate of more than two donations per second – that support was also shown by the grassroots effort all across Virginia yesterday. “We’ve seen great enthusiasm since the debate with new volunteers joining our already top-notch ground game,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said Saturday. “With 30 days until election day, we are focused on perfecting our get out the vote operation to get as many people to the polls to elect Mitt Romney as possible. Thanks to over 80 thousand volunteers we’ve been able to contact over 35 million voters since spring.”
After the first debate, a recent Rasmussen poll for likely voters in Virginia says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is leading with 49 percent of responders against President Barack Obama’s 48 percent. Romney supporters say the governor did what he had to do at a the first presidential debate Wednesday night in terms of laying out his plan for the economy and health care. But, they said he also showed more of his human side too. “My mother-in-law met Romney and said he was the most dynamic, charismatic, caring individual and couldn’t understand why some people said recently that they were afraid of him because he really is the American dream,” said Joy Kuhar, a volunteer with the Romney campaign.
Nicole Clarke is spending 12 hours on the phone each week. “I just believe it’s crucial to be here as much as possible,” Clarke said. Clarke is volunteering to help elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. She’s making sure everyone votes and her candidate wins. “It’s important to get people registered so that they can vote. We’re pushing for absentee ballots too. The main thing is getting people out there and the word out there,” she said. The Romney campaign in Virginia said they have recruited more than a thousand volunteers since Wednesday. “Enthusiasm has definitely gone up lately, especially after the debate and we also had the Romney-Ryan rally in our area, which was great,” he said.
Orlando Sentinel, Thousands Of Volunteers Are Presidential Campaigns’ Secret Weapon
On Thursday afternoon, about a dozen volunteers in a Romney For President office were almost giddy about their man’s performance in Wednesday’s debate. By evening, their number had grown to about 40. Most have been working phones, distributing yard signs and walking neighborhoods for weeks. And though they insisted that Romney’s sagging poll numbers in September never affected their energy, they acknowledged his success in the first debate with President Barack Obama fueled a new zeal. “It’s definitely a spike in excitement,” said Krista Tucker, 22, a St. Cloud fishing-boat captain who has been volunteering for a month…Last month, the Romney campaign said it had made 7 million calls or visits to Florida voters — 16 times more phone calls than in 2008, and 77 times more door knocks. It reported more than 73,000 volunteers and about 47,000 new voter registrations. Kissimmee volunteers have set the pace, making 32,000 calls to potential Romney supporters in a single day last month. That’s more than any other office in the country.
Orlando Sentinel, Ann Romney’s Surprise Visit To Orange victory office
Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, surprised supporters at a GOP victory office in Orlando, Saturday, arriving with a stack of pizza for volunteers working the phone banks. Mrs. Romney delivered brief remarks, greeted volunteers, signed autographs and worked the phones with former high-profile Democrat-turned-Republican Artur Davis. Team Romney are in central Florida for a mega-rally scheduled for Saturday night in Apopka, during his three-day Florida tour. He campaigns in Port St. Lucie on Sunday.
The Patch, Romney Campaign Hits the Streets Today
Romney campaign volunteers throughout Hillsborough County plan to hit the streets Oct. 6 for what’s being dubbed “Super Saturday.” During the all-day event, volunteers will go door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Hillsborough encouraging people to get out and vote in the Nov. 6 general election. “We’ve already made 8 million voter contacts so far,” said Jill Bader, Florida communications director for the Republican National Committee. This amounts to eight times more phone calls and 56 times more door knocks than at this time in 2008, she added. Saturday’s event will include a combination of door-to-door activities and phone calls. Volunteers going into neighborhoods will work in shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Phone calls will go out until 8 p.m. The hope is to reach as many neighborhoods in Hillsborough as possible.
Wisconsin Reporter, Priebus: ‘We Are Crushing The Democrats On The Ground’
Back home to rally team Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, Reince Priebus poured on the political football analogies on a big College Football Saturday. The Republican National Committee chairman stopped into the GOP’s Waukesha Victory Center for the Wisconsin campaign’s last “Super Saturday” before Election Day. Priebus swept into the battleground state just in time for a new liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling poll showing Romney trailing President Barack Obama by just 2 percentage points, making up big ground from recent polls that showed Obama’s lead widening. Priebus sounded pumped. “What we have here in Wisconsin is a ground game that will blow the doors off of political history,” the Kenosha native and former Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman told Wisconsin Reporter in a phone interview Saturday evening. “We’ve already made 60 times the door knocks we did in 2008, and six times the phone calls.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, GOP Chief Confident Of Ground Game In Wisconsin
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus was upbeat Saturday and expressed confidence about the GOP chances of claiming the state in the November election. “I just saw a Democratic poll come out two minutes ago and said we were two points down in Wisconsin,” Priebus said, referring to a Public Policy Polling survey that showed President Barack Obama leading GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 49% to 47%. “I never thought Wisconsin was out of reach,” Priebus said. “I always thought it was a close race. Obviously we wouldn’t spend millions of dollars here if we didn’t think it would be close. It will be a battleground all the way to the end. Paul Ryan on the ticket gives an edge.” Priebus also said the party’s ground game in Wisconsin is superior to the Democratic operation.
If the polls show Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney within 3 percentage points of Barack Obama in Wisconsin, he will win the state, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told volunteers in Waukesha Saturday. “If it is within a field goal, we are going to win this race,” he said during a stop at the GOP campaign office. So, Priebus was quick to smile when he learned Saturday evening that a new Public Policy Polling poll showed Romney within 2 percentage points of Obama in Wisconsin. Two weeks ago, the same poll had Obama 7 points ahead. “Don’t forget, that is even a Democratic poll, too,” Priebus said in an interview with Patch.
Republicans have been showing up in droves at GOP victory offices around the state ever since the debate, said Ellie Wallace, Colorado victory communications director for the Republican National Committee. Thursday, the day after the debate, was the single biggest volunteer recruitment day for Colorado this cycle, she said, noting that almost twice as many volunteers came in to help than had been recruited and were expected to show up. Today, they had to almost double the number of phones at their state headquarters to accommodate the influx of new volunteers. It also was their biggest day of voter contact — calls and knocking on doors — in Colorado this election cycle.