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Counting down

October 25, 2010 - Deb Gau
Well, here we are. Just one week until election day, which means it's time for one last blitz of candidate events, ads, and interviews. I'm making my morning coffee a little stronger than usual and psyching myself up, although I know I'm luckier than a dedicated political reporter would be. At least I get time to cover other stories and take a breather from campaign issues throughout the week. How political beat reporters and campaign workers, much less the candidates themselves, survive the onslaught, I have no idea.

If I had to take a hunch, though, I would guess it's focus on the task at hand that's key to making it through these last few days. A campaign door knocker or a candidate preparing for a debate have specific messages they're trying to get across, instead of thinking about the onslaught of other messages coming their way. Focusing on specific voting districts is bound to concentrate their energy further.

Reporters, on the other hand, have to listen to tons of messages from many different political races. (And I mean tons. My e-mail inbox is really depressing right now.) Add in the extras like the TV ads that come over the border from South Dakota when I go home at night, and it's exhausting.

I better make more coffee. Maybe throw in some Halloween candy for good measure.


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