Obama recruits campaigners with election night ticket offer - FOX 32 News Chicago

Obama recruits campaigners with election night ticket offer

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Supporters who want to spend election night with President Obama can earn a ticket.

Want to attend President Obama's Election Night gathering at McCormick Place? You'll have earn your ticket. Among the options: make phone calls to undecided voters in swing states or travel to Wisconsin to knock on doors.

FOX Chicago visited a political boiler room Monday, where, even before election night party tickets were being offered, volunteers had already made 33,000 "Get Out the Vote" phone calls.

Volunteers at Evanston's Democratic Party HQ were calling Eastern Iowa late Monday, urging supporters of President Obama in that vitally important swing state to get out and vote early. Some calls were pleasant, others not.

"Some people don't wish to speak with me. And that's OK," said Democratic Party volunteer Sarah Jumesse. "But I happen to like the President. So I'm willing to listen. If they need to vent, it's OK. I don't mind."

The President's campaign announced Monday that working three shifts making phone calls like this would earn a ticket to next week's Election Night gathering at McCormick Place. Or, you can work two shifts knocking on doors in Illinois's other swing state neighbor, Wisconsin.

Evanston's Rep. Jan Schakowsky told FOX Chicago News that her organization has, for the last several weekends, sent two busloads of local volunteers to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to knock on doors and distribute literature for the Obama campaign.

But right next door to Evanston, in the 10th District, Democrat Brad Schneider and Republican incumbent Rep. Robert Dold are locked in one of the closest contests in the country. It could decide control of the next Congress, and some Democrats say privately that local volunteers should be deployed here.

When asked if she will wake up Wednesday morning perhaps regretting what was done, Schakowsky said, "You know, I am really good at guilt and so I'm doing everything to avoid that by making sure we have enough volunteers so I don't wake up feeling guilty on Wednesday morning. I don't think I will."

Michelle Obama campaigned in Iowa Monday afternoon. She's staying in Chicago Monday night instead of trying to return to D.C. in the face of what Bill Bellis says is now Cyclone Sandy.

The Illinois Republican Party says its conducting the largest voter contact campaign in its history, intensely focused on defending their three Congressional incumbents in the suburbs.

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