A caravan of high-profile Democrats sweeps through New Hampshire this week to rally forces behind President Obama.
After months of watching the Republican candidates fight one another–sometimes watching with a tad of glee–local Democrats are readying to get off the sidelines.
"As a Democrat, I'm pleased to see the Republicans mixing it up," said Jim Splaine, a former state lawmaker who will be holding a sign outside polls in his hometown Portsmouth on Primary Day. "They aren't making for happy campers in Iowa. I can't say how in good conscience and straight face that any of them can support any of the others no matter who wins the Republican nomination."
Tonight, Obama For America-NH will host a phone bank in Manchester to reach out to supporters. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will be at OFA-NH headquarters in Manchester to "highlight the impact of Obama's middle class tax cut in New Hampshire," according to the campaign.
Though Obama does not have any serious opposition on the Democratic side of the New Hampshire Primary, Democrats are still mustering a get-out-the-vote effort.
Gary Patton, a Hampton Democrat and Patch blogger, is among those rallying his party members to vote. Patton emailed fellow Democrats, "It is up to us as Democrat to make sure that our support for Obama rings loud and clear by voting for him in the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, undeclared voters remain the largest voting bloc in New Hampshire. Here's the breakout, as of the Dec. 14 checklist:Undeclared Voters 312,621 Republican Voters 231,611 Democratic Voters 223,151 Total: 767,383
Democrats, as in the Ryback surrogate campaigning tonight, are facing the question that arises every four years by the opposing party: "Are you better off than four years ago?"