'That’s why we're losing': GOP insiders blame flawed 'canvassing operations' for election disappointments
It isn't hard to see why Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' cheerleaders view the Sunshine State as a "blueprint" for right-wing politics. Florida was the one state where the "red wave" that Fox News pundits spent months predicting really did materialize in the 2022 midterms.
But in many battleground states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada — Democrats performed much better than expected in 2022. Then, in April 2023, liberal Janet Protasiewicz enjoyed an 11 percent victory over far-right Republican Dan Kelly in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
A reason that many Democratic strategists and liberal pundits at MSNBC have given is that Republican ideas are simply unpopular, from draconian abortion bans to defunding Obamacare to election denialism.
In a report published by NBC News' website on June 1, reporter Allan Smith gives another reason: a weak GOP "canvassing" operation.
"The large-scale voter contact effort that conservatives have put at the center of their political operations in recent years is plagued with issues, according to more than a dozen people who've worked in GOP-aligned field operations and internal data obtained by NBC News," Smith explains. "Those issues include fraudulent and untrustworthy data entries….. as well as allegations of lax hiring practices and a lack of accountability."
Smith reports that according to GOP sources interviewed by NBC News, a big problem for Republican candidates is "the right's increased reliance on paid canvassers rather than volunteers."
According to Smith, Democrats enjoy some "build-in advantages" with "in-person canvassing," including "a more ready supply of younger volunteers, allies in organized labor offering union workers to hit the doors, and a base of supporters who are more tightly concentrated in urban and dense suburban areas where canvassers can hit a lot more doors in a lot less time."
A Republican source, interviewed by NBC News on condition of anonymity, said of problematic Republican canvassing, "That's why we're losing elections. Nobody wants to admit it."
NBC News' full report is available at this link.
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