With only day away from the election, U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin was hitting the phones Monday at a Greendale home set up for canvassers.
Baldwin was personally making calls to volunteer canvassers to ask for their help tomorrow as she goes up against former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
“One of the conversations I had melted my heart,” Baldwin said. “She was so excited. She was at the Obama rally in Milwaukee and couldn’t believe we were having a conversation.”
Tom Spehert, owner of the home were the canvass took place, said he volunteered to let his house be used because he is committed to getting Tammy Baldwin and President Barack Obama elected.
The campaign approached Spehert about using his home as a canvassing office because during the Scott Walker recall they realized that working out of an office was too noisy to make phone calls.
Spehert said his opened up his home as a canvassing location at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue throughout the day Tuesday.
“This is unique, but also comfortable for the volunteers to just be in a home setting and getting out the vote,” Baldwin said. “You could hear all the conversations going on. People are excited. This is what elections are all about. Getting communities out and talking to your neighbors.”
Within the past month of the campaign, numbers have drawn to a near dead heat, with perhaps a slight edge toward Baldwin. In a Marquette University Law School poll released last week, the final one before the election, Baldwin had a 4-point edge on the former governor.
When asked what’s the key to beating Thompson, Baldwin said: “Part of it is my record to standing up to the powerful interest in my time in office on behalf of hard working families. People are recognizing that Tommy Thompson was working for those same special interest the recent years… That’s part of the equation.”