Missouri RNC goes for contact record

1 month 2 days 20 hours ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:17:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
By: Jared Austin, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Republican Party went out to break a record Saturday for how many people volunteers contacted about the November election.

The goal was to have 100,000 voter contacts throughout the state by the end of the day, organizers said.

This comes just a day after the first candidate forum between incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, Attorney General Josh Hawley. The election is Nov. 6.

"Today is a huge day," said Spencer Bone, the mid-Missouri regional field director for the Missouri Republican Party. "We're calling it Show Me Saturday."

Volunteers all over the state made calls and went door-to-door to persuade people to vote for Hawley in the upcoming election.

One person going door-to-door, Paul Schloesser, said he uses one specific tactic while knocking.

"I like to create a dialogue and just start talking 'cuz that's what gets people talking," he said.

Schloesser, who is studying investigative journalism and political science at MU, said he started volunteering two weeks ago.

"It's something I've enjoyed. And for me, if it's not something I want to do, it's better to waste seven weeks of my life than 20 years of my life," he said.

The group plans to contact people and go door-to-door every Saturday. This will be the only week where volunteers try to break a record, organizers said.

KOMU 8 News contacted the Missouri Democratic Party and the campaign office in Columbia. Neither provided information Saturday about any campaign efforts.

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