The Crow Wing County DFL’s get-out-the-vote phone calls were scheduled to end at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday according to DFL Chair Tiffany Stenglein.
“I told them they could leave early,” she joked at the party’s Charles Street office.
Similar signs of last-minute preparations were also seen at the Crow Wing County Republican office in Baxter where Republican County Chair Doug Kern entered data for the state GOP relating to how many phone calls had been made.
Kern was alone Tuesday afternoon but the Republican office had been the scene of a flurry of phone calls the previous Wednesday through Sunday. Phone numbers were obtained from people who had visited conservative websites, Kern said so the recipients were largely conservatives or independents. Most of the phone calls he said were concentrated on Senate District 10 and he said he thought that local calls were better received.
“I hate it when people call but I don’t mind it if it’s my neighbor,” Kern said.
Candidates Chris Kellett (House District 10A), Carrie Ruud (Senate District 10) and Dale Lueck (House District 10B) were all scheduled to make brief appearances at Crow Wing County Republican office election night before moving on to other events.
Kern said he’s ready for the campaign to be over.
“It’s really hard to get a feel out there for what’s going on,” he said. “It’s going to be a real interesting night.”
He said the only certainty was that God would continue to be on the throne Wednesday morning.
Stenglein, wearing her “Team Nolan” t-shirt in support of 8th Congressional District candidate Rick Nolan, said 1,706 phone calls to Senate District 10 voters had been made from the west Brainerd office Tuesday and she expected that number to hit 2,000. She said 15 people had been in and out of the office Tuesday helping out, with about a dozen being the largest group at any one time.