Campaigns Ramp Up 'Get Out The Vote' Efforts Before Election Day | WGLT

Campaigns Ramp Up 'Get Out The Vote' Efforts Before Election Day

Nov 4, 2018

The head of the McLean County Democratic Party says the party's get-out-the-vote effort in the days leading up to Tuesday's election is the largest it's ever been.

Chairman Erik Rankin said the party has what it calls a "Blue Army" of 300 volunteers canvassing McLean County to drum up support for Democratic candidates.

“We’ve have good GOTV efforts in the past but nothing, nothing (compares),” Rankin says. “I’d say the size and scope of our current operation is exponential.”

Rankin said Democratic Party enthusiasm is high, in part because the party has more candidates in McLean County races than it's had in the past.

“We have the largest number of Democrats on the ballot at one time in McLean County’s history and at the same time too it’s an organizational effort,” Rankin says. “We’ve put together an incredible plan.”

The Republican Party is planning a rally at Image Air in Bloomington on Monday morning with U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood and state party leaders and candidates, including Attorney General candidate Erika Harold, Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, State Sen. Jason Barickman and State Reps. Dan Brady, Tom Bennett, Tim Butler and Keith Sommer.

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