NextGen Climate boasts major GOTV effort through Election Day

With just five days left until Granite Staters go to the polls in the midterm elections, get-out-the-vote efforts are well underway — not only by the candidates and parties, but also by special interest groups.


Billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate’s New Hampshire-based chapter reported to supporters today that since it began its efforts in July the group has now knocked on 275,000 doors in New Hampshire — proof, state director Pete Kavanaugh says, of a “powerful grassroots organization across the state, with a specific focus on campus organizing and door-to-door canvassing.”


Kavanaugh wrote that “we’ve reached more than half of the expected electorate. In the true tradition of New Hampshire politics, we have been talking to voters individually, at their doorsteps.”


Although polls show that environmental and climate issues are not at the top of their agenda, “more than 30,000 Granite Staters have specifically committed to vote on climate next week,” Kavanaugh wrote. “That’s nearly 1 in 16 likely voters.”


He wrote that the group intends to knock on an additional 100,000 doors before Election Day.


NextGen has been focusing on college campus organizing.


“Since Labor Day, we have had full-time organizers on every major campus in the state, and will have 50 student organizers working on behalf of our campus GOTV program on November 4, which will include an extensive ‘ride to the polls’ program on every campus,” according to Kavanaugh.


Also, he wrote, the group has an “unprecedented” digital advertising program, “and we’ve sent over 780,000 pieces of mail to voters in the last ten days alone.”


The group also has a new digital and television ad narrated by actor Woody Harrelson that will air in New Hampshire over the next six days.


Steyer is expected to be in Portsmouth tomorrow for a discussion hosted by The Green Alliance.
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Author: John DiStaso

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