EUGENE, Ore. — Republican Congressional candidate Art Robinson and State Representative candidate Dwight Coon have been rallying alongside their campaign volunteers this weekend. They say making noise and dialing the phone is a fun way to connect with voters, but it’s still all business until Tuesday night.
Dozens of campaign volunteers took to the streets in hopes of rocking the vote and were joined by their candidates.
“We’re trying to win an election. Everywhere there are voters, we’re there,” said Art Robinson, Republican Congressional candidate.
Republican candidates agree the energy level is buzzing locally in this last leg of raking in voters.
“It has something to do with the excitement at the presidential level and it’s carrying down to this level,” said Dwight Coon, Republican State Representative candidate.
Coon says he’s called about 3,000 voters since October. About 400 of those calls were made in the last week.
“Some people really get excited when they realize, ‘Hey, this is the candidate, not a robo-call,’” said Coon.
Robinson says he’s knocked on thousands of doors. Both candidates say campaigning with their own hands and feet, side by side with volunteers, is what it’s all about.
“People say it’s good politics, so you do it. But I think it’s the best thing for a candidate because you go see the people and how they live,” said Robinson.
Coon agrees it’s an important perspective.
“This campaign has had a very personal touch to it. When you get to people at their doorstep and get to hear their world through their eyes,” said Coon.
With two days left, the pressure is on. But they believe, as the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race.
“That’s what we try to do is just slowly build momentum, keep working to get our message out, keep answering the questions as they come up,” said Coon.
Although the excitement during these last few days is high, Republican candidates say the importance of deciding the country’s future takes precedence over the hype.
“This is all fun. The problem is there is a serious objective because our country is in real trouble,” said Robinson.