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Obama Campaign: IL Residents Must Volunteer in WI to Attend Election-Night Party

Obama Campaign: IL Residents Must Volunteer in WI to Attend Election-Night Party


President Barack Obama’s campaign is offering Illinois residents tickets to the campaign’s election night party in Chicago in exchange for two volunteer get-out-the-vote shifts in Wisconsin.

In 2008, the Obama campaign issued nearly 240,000 tickets for the campaign’s election night party, and Obama carried Wisconsin by 14 points.

In 2012, Obama is on defense in Wisconsin, which is now a crucial battleground state, and the campaign’s election night party will be held at a venue that holds approximately 10,000.

This is not the first time the Obama campaign has used such tactics. Before the Democratic National Convention, the Obama campaign gave tickets to what would have been Obama’s acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium to those who volunteered for the campaign.

Those volunteers ended up giving their time to the campaign for naught, because the Obama campaign moved his acceptance speech to a much smaller indoor venue because of “bad weather” which cleared up far ahead of the evening. 

The Chicago Sun-Times notes The “Illinois Victory Volunteers” canvass in Wisconsin will take place Nov. 3- 5, but it may backfire on Democrats because it “could drain a pool of motivated volunteers from the big Chicago area House races in the closing days of the campaign — when Tammy Duckworth, Bill Foster and Brad Schneider will also need GOTV help.”

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