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Posted on | October 30, 2012 | 59 Comments

George and Rosemary Cullen of Clermont County, Ohio

For the past two days, Ali Akbar and I have been talking to Americans for Prosperity about their grassroots organizing effort here in Ohio. We visited their Columbus office Monday night, talked today to AFP’s Ohio state policy director, Seth Morgan, and drove down here to Cincinnati where they hosted a jam-packed meeting — standing room only — at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. I saw a  post by Ace of Spades talking about the Ohio polls, which inspired me to send a few Tweets about what it looks like on the ground here:



Folks, there is going to be a turnout effort in Ohio like you’ve never seen. George Cullen has been canvassing door-to-door for the past five weeks. He usually hits about 50 doors a day, but only got 25 under the storm conditions yesterday. He’s a West Point graduate who served six years in the Army, and he says, “The conservatives are very energized.”

George is canvassing for the Republican Party. He was at the AFP meeting here with his wife, Rosemary, who will be volunteering on phone banks with AFP. Remember that the organizing push from AFP — which is actually what is known as “voter education” — is in addition to the official Republican get-out-the-vote operation.

This is my third trip to Ohio. I was here in August right after Paul Ryan was announced as the vice-presidential choice, and came back again in late September, when some polls claimed that Obama was leading by 10 points. With a week to go, I believe Romney’s momentum is still increasing, and I think the polls are substantially underestimating how much difference this fired-up grassroots effort can make.

UPDATE (Smitty): Welcome, Instapundit readers!

UPDATE II: Ann Romney is coming to town Wednesday morning for a Victory Rally in Hamilton.

AFP will bring Fred Thompson to Ohio for three events Thursday. You should follow AFP Ohio on Twitter for updates on their grassroots efforts in this crucial battleground state.

UPDATE III: Becca Lower has a report on the AFP event.