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liberalmike27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:36 AM
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Strategy for Good Use of Democratic Assets, Help Neighbor Perhaps?
I'm looking at the list of the voting in 2000, and there are certain states that are very close. All politically active folks should work hard in these states, especially on educating any Nader voters on strategic voting. If you live in an adjoining state, perhaps close to the border, your effors might be better spent in one of these states. Here is the list: AZ, AR, FL,IA,MN,MS,MO,NV,NH,NM,OH,OR,PA,TN,VA,WA,WV,WI.

Other states were fairly substantial blowouts, but these were close enough that they could be thrown by a high Green vote, or just registering a few voters in each region of the state. This is where the national statrure of the meet up groups could help.

For instance, I live in Mobile, and we are adjoining two states that were the closest in the South. Florida, for instance might be a better place for us to take action, since Bush only won by about 500 votes, not considering the incorrectly purged voters, and the uncounted clear ballots state wide. Mississippi would be good too, as the advantage is less-substantial than some, though still pretty large. Were the Deanocrats, and other meet up groups, to organize on the federal level to register Democrats in both of these states, we could make quite an impact. Mississippi could benefit from all of Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana's border towns meet up members working to register Democrats.

New Hampshire could benefit greatly from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Main helping, all firmly democratic whose skills could be better spent in the close state, both organizing the vote, registering folks, and educating third-party voters on strategic voting.

Any of the states listed above could be influenced substantially by all of the states around them, who are heavily biased one way or the other (Alabama, for instance 941,173 to 692,611, with only 18,323 Nader votes). New York, just the other way with 4.1 million democratic votes to 2.4 million republicans should farm out as much help to adjoining states as possible.

What do you think?
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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:25 PM
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1. Many Kerry organizations are thinking this way
at a grassroots level. I think it's a good idea and doesn't need to be organized from the national Kerry campaign. Individual counties and state Dem organizations can plan this. We're thinking about this in my community.
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