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Studies show that contact from campaigns significantly increases a young person’s likelihood of turning out to vote on Election Day. Plus, it’s cost-efficient and easy to integrate with your overall campaign strategy.
• A door knock can boost turnout by about 8 points for about $25 per additional vote.(26)
• A live phone call increases turnout by 3-5 points for $20-26 per additional vote.(27)
• A text message increases turnout by 3-4 points and can be very inexpensive.(28)
• Multiple contacts from a campaign can increase turnout by 10-14 percentage points.(29)
Ten years ago, there was a legitimate question of whether the Internet had a role to play in political campaigns. That question has been decided. The Internet is here. Nearly 80% of Americans use email. Over half of US homes have broadband connections and wireless access is common and growing. As for political campaigns, the Internet has been accepted. Asking if a campaign uses email is now nearly as absurd as asking if they use the telephone. The question is not if they're using the Internet, but what elements are they using, how much do they use it, and what's working for them? During the 20
Former Senator Alan Simpson once said that most campaigns for office start with a couple of friends, sitting around a table drinking beers. While this may be the way most campaigns start, they shouldn't stay that way for long. Too often, local candidates think that the best way to run a campaign is to get some friends involved and the campaign will fall into place on its own. While some of these types of campaigns win, most lose. In order to succeed, every campaign, even the most local, most take a business like approach to winning elections.
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Senator John Kerry has apparently ended his chances of a comeback with a “botched” joke. Sen. Evan Bayh announced the end of his candidacy. Others will fall by the wayside after the exploratory committee route they start with shows the route is closed. So it is not premature for many to think about running for re-election to the
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