Ben Carson Campaign Leans On Volunteers, Ground Game As ‘Secret Weapon’ In Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, center, poses for a photograph after speaking at a town hall at Adams Street Espresso and Soda Shoppe in Creston, Iowa, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.
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The Carson campaign and the Super PAC backing his presidential bid – The 2016 Committee – hope volunteers and their ground  game are the “secret weapon” to winning the Iowa caucus.

“We’re seeing a shift in our internal polls,” Director of 12 Midwestern states for the 2016 Committee Tina Goff told USA Today. “There are still 56% of the people who are undecided and we’re going after them.”

USA Today reported:

Indeed, the Carson campaign has made more than 500,000 phone calls to Iowa voters and knocked on 50,000 doors across the state, which holds its first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1, said campaign spokesman Jason Osbourne. And they expect hundreds of volunteers from across the country to flood the state in the final weekend. Volunteers in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City have opened their homes to out-of-state volunteers and the state campaign director’s home in Des Moines has become a second home to many.

“Every 30 minutes, we’re getting notifications that more and more people are coming in,” Osbourne explained. “We’ve done a town hall, and we’ll see another 300 people inside and have 300 outside waiting. We’ve actually done two town halls in one to get everyone in.”

Hundreds of volunteers are attending Carson’s campaign events and passing out his book, as well as signing supporters up to caucus for Carson on February 1st.

“They’re urging each supporter to pledge to bring along two friends who will caucus for Carson, aiming for a goal of 40,000 caucus votes,” reports USA Today.

According to the Real Clear Politics average, Carson is ranked fourth in Iowa.