There have been multiple articles like this one, suggesting that he who gets out the voters wins the polls. Optimistic takes on GOP-GOTV can be found here and here. Here's my own anecdotal experience from Las Vegas this evening:
I answer: "Hello."
A woman says: "I'm calling on behalf of President Bush" (at this point she starts to giggle and silence reigns; it sounds like someone is talking in the background).
A man comes on: "We're calling on behalf of President Bush. That's really all we have to say and we hope you get out to the polls."
I thank him for the call and hang up. (Note: above dialogue paraphrased from memory.)
Now, judging from what the two conservative bloggers I linked above have written, it's possible that this lady had only just been trained in the last couple of days. Also, I don't think it's likely that small slip-ups by campaign workers/volunteers when they make telephone calls will have a statistically significant effect on how or whether people vote. Of course, if they start writing down the wrong addresses for people they need to drive to the polls...Posted by Elliott Wainwright at October 30, 2004 07:27 PM