Anyone doubting the seriousness of the extensive Super Saturday’s or the entire GOP team’s investment in the ground game just needs to look at these staggering figures in Florida:
The former Massachusetts governor, who accepted his party’s nomination three weeks ago in nearby Tampa, has made a concentrated effort to reach out to Hispanic voters here in recent days, touting his opposition to the Castro government in Cuba and harping about the Hispanic jobless rate hovering at more than 10 percent for 50 straight months. And in an appeal to the state’s older voters, he said Mr. Obama’s health care law, muscled through Congress in 2010, siphons $716 billion out of Medicare, the federal health care program for people age 65 or older.It’s all part of the campaign’s broader effort to appeal to voters in Florida, a key swing state that has picked the eventual White House winner in the past four presidential elections.
“It’s always an important state when you look at the electoral map, so we are going to work very hard to compete and win here,” said Kevin Madden, a top Romney adviser. “That’s reflected in our organizational effort. This week, we will make our six-millionth volunteer-voter contact and we have opened ‘victory offices’ with the RNC all over the state, over 40 of them. That shows you the level of attention we’re paying to the state.”
From a report last week when Romney crossed 5.5 million contacts that contrasts greatly with the 2008 effort:
[D]on’t underestimate how much stronger the GOP/Mitt Romney ground game is this year compared to four years ago. Last weekend featured another “Super Saturday” statewide voter outreach effort. The Romney campaign has made more than 5.5 million voter contacts in Florida this year, including 16 times more phone calls than in 2008 and 77 times more door knocks than in 1998. [Ed. -- I'm guessing they meant 2008 and not 1998 since that wasn't even a Presidential election year]
And if 5.5 million is 16x more calls, then 6 million is more than 17x more calls with just over 6 weeks left to go!