|Governor Kitzhaber has a lot of support in my neighborhood|
Sunday morning, I took a stroll down the street to Governor Kitzhaber's campaign headquarters. Earlier in the week, I'd made a commitment to do some canvassing and, even though the weather was, as we say here in Oregon, "kinda sucky," a man has got to stand by his word, eh?
Señor Ardillo gave me a quizzical eye as I walked past
|Weatherized campaign materials|
I learned a couple interesting tidbits during the brief training session/low-key pep rally:
- the single biggest predictor of how a person will vote is the neighborhood in which that person lives
- every 50 contacts made in a canvassing operation results in 4 extra votes, an 8% return on investment
|Pre-canvass training session|
Training completed, I was assigned to walk turf in the Hollywood District, south of Killingsworth Street between 37th and 41st avenues. The neighborhood had a high concentration of Democrats. My canvass sheet identified roughly every other house as a potential Kitzhaber voter. I knocked on a lot of doors.
The weather was miserable: intermittent, intense showers, gnawing coolness.
|The face says it all...|
If we're to believe the polls, the race is a dead heat between the Governor and his opponent, brick-laying former Trailblazer, Chris Dudley (46% career free throw shooter). Dudley has a lot of money to throw at the race; millions more than the governor. But here in Oregon, the Republicans still don't have an answer for the Democratic ground game.
We shall see...