Candidates Stumping Non-Stop Until Election

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

There's a good chance the average Michigan residents saw the face of at least one candidate today. With three days to go, the gubernatorial and senate contenders are canvassing the entire state, making upwards of five, six-- even seven stops per day.

"Voters like to know the candidates are fighting for their votes," says pollster Ed Sarpolus. "They like to know they care about them, that they're working their hardest and doing their best. If you appear lazy, they're not going to vote for you."

And these last-minute events aren't all traditional rallies. Senate hopeful Mike Bouchard is visiting bowling alleys Saturday night and Dick DeVos is stopping at a martial arts center and various metro Detroit restaurants. Sarpolus says these aren't arbitrary locations.

"Dick DeVos and Mike Bouchard have to win over blue collar democrats. Most of the places they're going to are more democrat areas than traditional republican areas. The bowling alley is a great place because they're the people that are the nuts and bolts of the community."

Sarpolus says it's plan and simple for the candidates: The more places you go, the more votes you'll get. But Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says it's more complex.

"It's less so the number of places you visit, and more so the number of people and the impact you have on them," he says.

"We all know we're influenced by the last person we talk to or see," adds Sarpolus. "The touch, the handshake, the kissing of the babies, the eating of the pizza pies-- it could influence those who are on the fence."

And it's those last-minute meetings all candidates are hoping will help turn the tables in their favor.


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