The “Shoe-leather Express” Produces Results
March 28, 2014|Posted in: Blog Posts
Yesterday was another hard day of driving the precincts, and speaking with delegates. We were at it from just after nine until after seven thirty in the evening. After I got home, I took a call from another delegate who had some questions. I had spoken to his wife earlier that day, and he wanted to satisfy himself as well. After a half-hour of questions and answers, he informed me with some zeal that I had his vote as well as his wife’s vote.
The delegates are clearly doing their homework, and are taking this race seriously. They uniformly thank me for putting together the “apples to apples” chart in my last mailer. This makes it easy to compare qualifications across the lines. I am not afraid of comparisons, and in fact I insist on them.
Since the incumbent endorsed the least-qualified and youngest candidate in the field, the conversations with the delegates have been different. I expected that this endorsement would carry considerable weight… but it seems I was wrong. In fact, it seems to be backfiring.
The delegates often tell me that it is clear that this endorsement was an attempt by the “establishment” to bolster the sagging numbers for their candidate. The party bosses might be afraid that their candidate won’t be able to garner the required 30% of the vote on his own, and they need to give him a shove from behind to even get on the ballot. It has been suggested to me by a senior elected official that the party bosses are trying to rig this election so that their candidate won’t have a primary. Well, that plan doesn’t seem to be working all that well for them. The delegates know that I can’t be bought, nor bullied. There are no strings on me that can be pulled by an unseen puppeteer.
My campaign crunched the numbers at the end of our walking tonight. Of course, it could be that the delegates are not telling us the truth, or they might change their minds… but RIGHT NOW, (counting only the delegates willing to unequivocally state their commitment to a candidate), it appears that I have 30% of the vote, and the other candidates have a combined 20%. The rest of the delegates are undecided.
I will meet more delegates tomorrow, and that will be all I can do until the voting begins on Saturday.
As the true grass-roots candidate who is not controlled or financed by outside sources, I might be able to pull-off a surprise on Saturday. I will let you know!
Thank you for your support. Together we can do it.