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MICHIGAN: MORE LAST MINUTE [David Hogberg 11/01 01:07 PM]
Four items of interest from my weekend trip to Michigan.
1) On Saturday, my boyfriend received a call from "Laura Bush," urging him to vote for W. On Sunday morning, he received a call from the Kerry campaign asking for his vote. This leads me to believe that the Bush campaign did its get-out-the-vote calls on Saturday, while the Kerry campaign had the calls planned for Sunday. The significance: Saturday night a wind storm hit and there were 165,000 customers in the Detroit metro area without power from Saturday night through Sunday, and still 77,000 without power as of 4:30, when I left. Those without power probably went elsewhere on Sunday and had no answering machines to hear the Kerry pitch. That's a lot of missed votes!
2) The Sunday Bulletin at the Catholic parish we go to had an insert laying out issues for Catholics to consider when forming their conscience for voting. The local Republican Committee wisely placed pamphlets on the cars in the Church parking lot which compared Kerry and Bush on the same issues highlighted in the Church bulletin and read "vote your values."
3) Kerry has a campaign rally scheduled for the Detroit area tomorrow. The tickets have already been distributed. The events has been moved because of a chance of rain. I wonder how many people will not hear of the change in time (their TV doesn't run without electricity) and head to the wrong local, and then no have enough energy to make trek across town.
4) The temp dropped nearly 40 degrees overnight, and it will stay cool and rain is predicted for Election Day.