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Jeff Brandes, Bill Heller campaigns round up support for final push



The Bill Heller and Jeff Brandes campaigns are rounding up volunteers for a final push in Pinellas County's most expensive race. Both campaign offices are seeking supporters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to close out a final day of politicking.

"Every vote counts, even those last-minute votes on Election Day, and our campaign needs your help getting them! If you're available, we need volunteers to hand out literature to anyone who wants it at top polling locations throughout the district," the Heller campaign says.
"Morning shifts (7am-10pm), afternoon shifts (12pm-2pm), and evening shifts (4pm-7pm) are available. If you would like to help out on Election Day, contact our Field Coordinator, Luke Kosar ... "

Why such a push? The Republicans are four votes from having a veto-proof majority in the Florida House, and House District 52 is a swing district with barely a Democratic majority.

Heller has become more aggressive in the past two weeks, although local Democrats fret he waited too long to attack Brandes, who got rolling early and bankrolled $150,000 into his campaign that also got heavy support from the Republican Party of Florida. The Bay Buzz is told that state Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, is trying to push turnout in heavily Democratic precincts in South Pinellas.

Meanwhile, Brandes closed the campaign by rolling out endorsements by fellow Republicans, making the biggest hay about former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, who wrote a letter and made a robo-call to 35,000 people, according to the campaign.



[Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 5:08pm]


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