2 weeks out

By jaredmoshe | Jared Moshé's Blog October 20, 2008 at 9:27AM

2 weeks out

The final two weeks in a presidential election that has been going on for nearly 2 years, is not the time to get cocky. It's not the time to relax and celebrate. It is the time to buckle down.

Campaigns are won and lost in their ground game. The Obama team throughout the primary demonstrated incredible skill and intelligence in dealing with the reality of facts on the ground in each state. Their GOTV ability rivals Obama's ability for eloquent oration, and is equally an important part in an Obama Biden victory.

But for the Obama campaign to execute its ground game it needs its supporters to continue to put in the effort in both time and money that they have been all year. Polls or no polls, a candidate needs to get his voters to the election booth. And there are still obstacles to overcome:

Rolling Stone dives into Republican attempts at voter suppression.

Andrew Sullivan reminds us about racism in Appalachia.

And then of course there's the limited time voters can be out of the office and people's general distaste for lines.

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