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MaritzaL47 發表於 2018-7-12 22:31

In Cincinnati, Ohio: Obama Campaign's Work Seems Fairly, Quite Carried out

Time will inform whether or not the nation's first black president will be reelected for another time period. But there's a knowing, celebratory temper, a kind of cautious hopefulness, among the many president's African-American constituency here. I heard it when canvassing in decrease earnings neighborhoods, and saw it whereas waiting on line with over 13,000 supporters for hours to see the President and Stevie Marvel on the College of Cincinnati's immense Fifth Third Arena on Sunday night.


And among a Sunday queue of a whole bunch of individuals waiting to exercise their proper to early-vote on weekends, a right recently affirmed by the Supreme Court docket, the mood was festive. On Tuesday, everyone will vote close to their properties. However early voters can solely vote downtown at the one official polling location, the Board of Elections. So, it's a public occasion of types.


"We'll anticipate as lengthy as it takes," said a well-dressed black man in his 60s, a retiree, standing on the very end of a 3-hour line to early-vote at Cincinnati's Board of Elections on the Sunday previous to Election Tuesday. "We want to verify our president is the subsequent president," he mentioned. The conviction in his voice, the commitment, felt like father to son. His spouse, a well being care worker, nodded.


It was in all probability a long wait. The Board of Elections closed at five in the night however anyone on line at 5 could nonetheless vote; local media outlet Cincinnati.com reported that the last voter really completed three hours later, at eight.


Folks got here to vote early for a lot of causes, extra typically citing comfort than politics, although a number of might have hinted at fears of voter suppression after they mentioned they wanted to ensure "it all goes Okay, you already know."


Some had arrived as early as eight a.m. to look ahead to the doorways to open at 11. By 1 p.m., someone ordered in a pizza, which took an hour to arrive; the pizza episode grew to become fodder for hilarity nearly as good-natured operating jokes bubbled forth along a sure section of the road. When a local church distributed bottles of water however folks weren't drinking for concern they would wish to go away the road, an issue-fixing suburban mother of 4 offered to drive anyone who needed to make use of the bathroom to a nearby practice station. Somebody distributed dozens of small sandwiches, free.


Standing at about the 2-hour level, Joseph Fuqua and his headphone-carrying son by the identical identify, an 18-12 months-previous pupil at Cincinnati State, enjoyed some high quality time together not online, however on line. Each planned to vote for Obama. "The temper out here's great," the father said. His son agreed, adding, "everybody's talking, making buddies."


Nearby, three first time voters, blonde 21-12 months-previous students at Xavier University and Obama supporters, giggled and made jokes about political propaganda as a crimson sports car drove spherical the block blaring "4 extra years." They mentioned they were willing to wait "till it closes," although that they had already been ready for ninety minutes and one wanted to get to work.


Rumors whipped down the line: The Rev. Jesse Jackson was going to arrive (he did), and possibly, later, to buck up these waiting longest, Obama, too ( he didn't). Actor Laurence Fishburne and 72-yr previous civil rights legend John Lewis, now a Georgia Congressman, and native large wigs lent the occasion a sense not just of movie star however of significance.


Hamilton County, in spite of everything, is a spot the place voting can impression nationwide and world politics.

Each vote counts, and the Obama campaign's message -- 537 votes determined the Election in 2000, referring to the Florida vote that swung the presidency from Al Gore to George W. Bush -- appeared to have sunk in.


"A of power goes into encouraging early voting," says 30-yr-previous Brandon Craig, an Obama campaign volunteer who works as a compliance manager of a neighborhood nonprofit known as Residence, or Housing Alternatives Made Equal. "The real deal on all these grassroots efforts is this: as many people as you may touch, you contact. As many individuals as you may speak to, you discuss to. As many individuals as you'll be able to remind, you remind. You knock on their doors. And then you knock on their doorways again."


By late afternoon on Sunday, Obama campaign volunteers in downtown Cincinnati were being turned away with no assignments, because there have been no more packets of names and addresses to be contacted. In this part of Ohio, volunteers come from throughout: nearby Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, and even the east coast, he mentioned.


Again on Broadway and 8th, on a nook near the entrance of the early voter line, a outstanding activist clergyman, Rev. Damon Lynch III of the brand new Prospect Baptist Church shook palms and schmoozed. "Ninety-eight p.c of my congregants have already early-voted, or they're on this line, or they are passing out literature," he said. Standing behind him, a gospel choir from the church sang. "I'm excited by what we see immediately, the road is wrapped around the constructing, it takes three hours to vote and no one's leaving," he stated, including, "So, I'm optimistic."


Lastly, those early voters standing on the front of the building, impatient after waiting so lengthy to get inside, stepped apart. An elderly woman leaning on a walker shuffled past them, waved a number of fingers in thanks, and made her approach into the ornate Hamilton County Board of Elections building to forged her vote.


Pundits say there was larger ardour fueling Obama's 2008 marketing campaign than this one. However on the ground in Cincinnati, Ohio in the ultimate days of the 2012 campaign, it appears that keenness has steeled right into a fierce resolve, tempered now, within the closing hours, into a tentative but growing optimism.

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