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