All about the ground game

Political tragics know that it is all about the ground game in politics…who can get the most people out there talking about your candidate on the street corners, on the doorsteps and in the shopping centres. It isn;t about advertising or about polls or even about debates. It is the ground game and that is where Obama is slaying Mitt Romney.

Two months ago, I noted the striking differences in the numbers of field officesthe presidential campaigns have established in the swing states. I figured I’d check up on those numbers as we go into the home stretch of the election. Here’s what the field office totals look like now:

The differences are still pretty striking. With the exception of New Mexico, Obama has at least twice the number of field offices in each of the states. The Obama campaign actually has 131 field offices in Ohio, compared to 39 for the Romney campaign.

That graph is devastating. It tells a story that has so far been un-reported…that Obama has plenty of ground cover in key swing states. In Ohio, which is becoming more and more critical in the path to 270 Electoral College votes he has nearly a hundred more offices.

Armchair political warriors can carp all they like about polls, skewed this and skewed that, bias media…it is all irrelevant…it comes down to the ground game and right now Obama has more troops on the ground in swing states….and there is no way Romney can counter that in the next 9 days.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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