Update #2: As of today, 14,985 absentee ballots in Missoula County have yet to be returned.
Update: I got busy this evening and put out 88 flyers on various apartment doors in my district.
A week from today people will be voting. Well, they already are – absentee ballots in Montana went out on May 5.
I wonder how many people voted for me already? I knocked on 350 doors and sent out around 500 flyers. I also kept up a sustained social media marketing campaign on the leading newspapers in Missoula and the top blogs of the state.
Will it do any good? It’s hard to say, and we won’t know the answer to that until around 10 PM next Tuesday night, perhaps later. Hell, the results could be so close there’s a runoff and it takes days to decide the winner – it’s come close in Missoula elections before.
There are three candidates running in the Democratic primary for House District 98 after all, and each has a good chance of winning. I seem to be the only one without any yard signs, although I haven’t seen a whole lot for this race in general.
Well, that’s not quite true. Last week Willis Curdy put up a sign right across the street from my apartment. I don’t like seeing that each time I go outside, but oh well.
I noticed one of Jennifer Cahoon’s signs a block from my place, and it was on the boulevard and a little obscured by weeds and grass. Ha, I liked that, but maybe she’ll read this and move it to a better position. Darn!
Overall it’s a waiting game. I should get out and do some literature drops, especially on the apartment buildings around the district. Most of these places have residents that move a lot, and many weren’t on my original lists from March.
Driving around, parking out front of the larger ones, and dropping off 10 to 20 flyers might just turn out an extra 3 to 4 votes. What’s more, I still have about $100 in campaign funds, so I can buy gas!
Now, should I do another mailing? I don’t know. The day to do so would be tomorrow or the next day. I’m not sure how effective it is, but of the nearly 500 cards I sent I’ve only gotten about 5 back in the mail.
So that’s how it stands here in Missoula, Montana, on the eve of primary elections for 2014. Please vote June 3!