Cautionary tale

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The other day I spoke with a good friend who lives in a swing state. This is someone who identifies as independent but leans Democrat heavily. I reminded her to vote and got a surprise.

This person told me she was thinking of voting republican because she’d heard “very bad things” about the Democrat running. I asked her what things. She proceeded to tell me. They were all republican lies. I tell you this as a cautionary tale.

It is imperative that you make a list of everyone you know and reach out to them. You may think you know how they’re going to vote. You may think it’s all in the bag. Only it isn’t, and I learned that myself in this phone call. This person is an educated and free-thinking woman.

But the state she lives in has been running so many Republican ads that she started to buy into it all. I turned her around. I did that by speaking about abortion and women’s rights. But I will say this: Republicans are running a heck of a lot of ads.

And the casual voter, no matter how liberal we think they are or how well we know them, could still be influenced. Better to be safe than sorry. So think about those you know, the independents, the moderates, the only sometimes voter, and then reach out to them. Reach out and tell our story — the Democratic story. And let’s get everyone we can possibly think of to the polls.

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