Campaign Volunteers: "We'll Shovel Snow to Get You to Caucus"

By Josh Hinkle, Anchor/Reporter

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By Josh Hinkle

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jerica Parker was one of 84 volunteers for Hillary Clinton that hit the snowy streets of Cedar Rapids Monday. It's the biggest turnout the democratic campaign has seen yet with fresh faces from as far as California, where Parker's partner, Pat Bakalian, hails.

Parker says "I actually met her yesterday when I stickered her back for a Hillary Clinton event. That was when we met."

The pair had more than a hundred house visits Monday alone.

Parker told one homeowner, "If snow should fall between now and then, we will be here with shovels, sand and extra people."

Confirming caucus night plans takes extra effort, but Parker says it's paying off.

"(We) went to a house and met a 95-year-old republican who is caucusing for Hillary Clinton, and it was amazing."

Other campaigns also feel the heat in the final days. Republican Rudy Giuliani's volunteers call more than two thousand potential caucus-goers each day.

Jimmy Centers, the national co-chair for Students for Rudy Giuliani, says the most unusual call involved a man who “asked if I could write a doctor's note to get them out of work, so they could caucus for Rudy.”

They only have three days left to make a connection, and then it’s on to New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida. After that, don't expect to see so much political pressure at your front door.

Parker says, "This is going to make history. It's something that needs to be done for the country. And I promise, we'll leave you alone after that."

Email Josh Hinkle at Josh.Hinkle@kcrg.com

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