Colorado Tests Reach Of Democrats’ Ground Game

October 20, 2014 7:22 PM

Colorado Tests Reach Of Democrats’ Ground Game
" AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Dave Lightowler never even got to say Sen. Mark Udall’s name. The moment Lightowler mentioned another Democrat running for a Congressional seat, the man inside the house in this swing suburb closed the door in the canvasser’s face.

Undaunted, Lightowler noted on his iPad that while one voter in the house had turned them away, a second – the man’s wife, who is not registered with either major political party – hadn’t been reached yet. Democratic party canvassers would return and try to talk to her. “We try again until Nov. 4,” Lightowler said. “This is the time. This is the playoffs.”

The relentless ground game to inspire voters to cast ballots has helped Democrats dominate Colorado under even the most difficult political circumstances. Four years ago, the strategy helped Sen. Michael Bennet’s come from behind to win reelection. Now Bennet is directing the Senate Democrats’ national campaign arm, testing whether a $60 million get-out-the-vote effort – named, “The Bannock Street Project,” for his old Denver campaign office – can do the same for Udall and other Democrats defending their Senate majority "

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