Organizing For America has a long string of electoral successes, not the least of which was getting President Obama elected in 2008. They know what they’re doing and, in order to learn how to win elections, one need not look much further than the OFA for tips and advice on what it takes. Just ask Kathy Hochul who unexpectedly won in an upset the special election in NY-26.
According to Politico President Obama’s OFA had a great deal to do with her “come from behind win” and we should all – left or right – look closely at what it takes to get elections done:
OFA-NY hosted 22 phone banks in the district and in other parts of the state over the 12 days leading up to Tuesday’s election – logging a total of 23,520 calls since May 12; and about 20 percent of the campaign’s GOTV 77,000 calls – from Thursday to Tuesday –originated from OFA phone banks, according to internal campaign records.
The group also made 3,402 in-person contacts with voters out of a 53,000-contact door-knocking efforts led by local Democrats, unions and Hochul’s own field organizers.
And OFA used its vaunted email list to recruit volunteers, text likely voters and push blog posts and news stories favorable to Hochul – and whacking Republican Jane Corwin, who lost by a slim four points in a tight three-way race to replace shirtless and seat-less former GOP Rep. Chris Lee.
Phone banks, knocking on doors in the neighborhood, engaging volunteers and establishing field organizers…and sending out email and text blasts…until there’s no one left to ask for a vote.
This is how things are done if you’re serious about winning an election. Everyone could learn a thing or two from these guys.