Obama’s campaign says it has deployed 500 paid staff members and boasts 160,000 volunteers in Florida, an unprecedented network that is hunting for votes via telephone, e-mail, and old-fashioned, door-to-door personal contact.
The McCain campaign and Republican National Committee do not disclose staffing figures, but one RNC staff member said the Obama campaign “probably has more [staff] people on the ground in Florida than the RNC has in the whole country.”
A rough sketch based on Census estimates shows that there are about 14.5m voting-age people in Florida right now. Suppose a 65% turnout — that makes 9.425m voters. That means there is one Black Eagle volunteer for every 58 voters in Florida. In truth, about a quarter of these may be written off from the jump, based on research. Another quarter is counted on. So the bottom line is that there is probably one volunteer for every thirty people in the lean-Geezer / toss-up / lean Barry universe.
Yes: Diebold, black box, [scare quotes] “voter fraud” [/scare quotes], etc. Granted. But it may not matter. I’ve never seen something where a state the size of Florida is just saturated with political volunteers. And they are all on Barry’s side. Retail politics FTMFW.