A very quick stream of consciousness ramble from the Claire Naughton office:
There’s a rhythm to campaigns on election day. Monday night before election, after most of the volunteers are gone, the office is occupied by the small group who meant to get to sleep by midnight so they can get back to work at 5:30am. Punchiness sets in, and by 1am everything is funny. Some get a few hours of sleep, at the office or nearby, some don’t. In the early morning there’s a rush with the first wave of volunteers, and then the morning lull after they’re all in place in the precincts. The rest of the day is hectic frenzy punctuated by periods or relative calm… or the other way ’round.
It’s 4pm now, the last “lull” before the critical final push.
… and as soon as I typed that line, the phones went crazy, and the next 40 minutes was phones in each hand for everyone at the office.
This is my second time on the office side of running a get out the vote drive (I was at the office on election day for several Dean primaries, but wasn’t involved in running the GOTV). One thing I’ve learned: This is so much easier to do with 3 people at the office plus a couple of others in and out, than it is with just one person (me) at the office and one other in and out. At least I’ve had time to grab food occasionally. And now it’s time for the next rush. Stay tuned for results sometime after 8pm!
Hey, wanna help us? It’s not too late! come on down!
Edit: Coppola 55%, Naughton 45%
I’ll have more numbers, commentary, and analysis, after I get some sleep.