Presidential campaigns use Arkansans in swing states
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Both presidential campaigns know Arkansas is expected to be solidly in the red this year, and President Barack Obama's campaign, especially, is finding new uses for its local volunteers.
On the day before Election Day, there's usually someone on the phone at President Obama's Arkansas headquarters.
That's probably because it's the best way to reach a voter 600 miles away.
"At this point we're 100% North Carolina," said Tabitha Lee, an Obama volunteer who has been working out of the North Little Rock headquarters since August.
Hundreds of calls every day are exported from the Natural State to the swing state of North Carolina.
The president is down significantly to Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Arkansas, according to every political poll released. Some polls have Obama trailing by more than 20 points.
To adjust, the more than 100 different volunteers who work at the state campaign headquarters every day are eyeing North Carolina and also Florida, where Obama still has a chance.
"Things are looking good in North Carolina for us," said Lee. "So yeah, I think he's going to pull it out. I think he's going to win."
At the Arkansas Republican Headquarters, heads are held high because of Romney's chances in the state.
Even their volunteers are devoting time in more competitive states.
"Governor Romney has a Phone from Home program that's very popular in Arkansas," said Katherine Vasilos, communications director for the Arkansas Republican Party. "We've had many activists
After all the calls are made volunteers on both sides will dial up the calls again tomorrow.
"We are good encouraging people to volunteer for candidates," said Vasilos. "Make phone calls for our local, state, federal candidates."
Even if some have to dial a different area code first.
"A lot of the people that we talked to in North Carolina say they were going to go out on Election Day," said Lee. "So that's what we'll be doing all day tomorrow is calling people and getting them to the polls."