Dems hope 2008 first-time voters return this year

June 4, 2010 18:16

Perhaps vainly and naively, the Democrats are counting on the historic wave of voter turnout from 2008 to show up again to vote them back into office in 2010. With Obama’s dropping poll numbers and such negative sentiment against Democrats, are they being foolish?


President Barack Obama’s political operation is going door-to-door this weekend in more than a thousand cities to try to persuade the voters who helped elect him to turn out for Democrats in the midterm elections.

The Democratic National Committee and Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, say more than 16,000 volunteers plan to talk to first-time voters who cast ballots in 2008 but could stay home this year without the president on the ballot. National Democrats say those voters are crucial to help turn back Republican momentum as the public has soured on Obama and his party’s agenda.

“Turning out just a small percentage of these voters above historical averages could make a crucial difference in close elections this fall,” Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart said. “That effort begins in earnest this Saturday.”

Obama’s grass-roots organization has struggled to keep the energy from the president’s campaign. Although Obama’s brand remains potent and its e-mail list unmatched, many Democrats worry the machine may be too Obama-centric to help candidates down the ballot.


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