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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

For all the talk, presidential race may come down to ground game



sandman.jpgTAMPA — Finally, someone home.

Bill Sandman stood in fading daylight in a working class neighborhood of South Tampa and began his sales pitch. A woman at the front door cut him short.

"You've already voted?" Sandman said, repeating what the woman had just said. "How about your husband?" he continued. "Can we encourage him?"

A campaign worker hustling door-to-door may seem unremarkable, so 2008. But Sandman, 73, is working for Mitt Romney, and his effort late last week underscored the dramatic end-game of 2012.

After months of campaigning, hundreds of millions spent on negative TV ads and three 90-minute presidential debates, the result in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and other battlegrounds may come down to which side does a better job getting people to the polls.

President Barack Obama set the standard four years ago with a hyper-organized volunteer army. But Republicans have lifted the playbook, and boast of their own unprecedented machine. (full story here)

Photo (Carolina Hidalgo, Times): Bill Sandman goes door-to-door for Mitt Romney in South Tampa.

[Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 7:13pm]


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