, former staff writer for Willamette Week
, "volunteered" for Sen. John McCain's campaign in October and has an insider's look
at the final push for voters in Virginia over at Salon.com. She writes:
Regardless of your politics, a call from me is an intrusion. We've become accustomed to filtering all incoming communication. The plastic trinket in the kitchen is a reminder of the days when you couldn't press "ignore." And it's really, really annoying.
Most of the people you really want to hear from have your cellphone number. Twenty million American households now rely solely on cellphones, which have outnumbered land lines since 2005. And these cellphone-only voters, the folks who are missing from my call list of undecideds, may skew Democratic. Some pollsters, like Paul Maslin in this article for Salon a few months back, have suggested that the cellphone-only voters who are missing from polls are more likely to be young and minority and therefore more likely to support Obama. In Virginia, they might be among the new residents who have helped turn a red state purple in recent years.
Meantime, according to the Washington Post this morning,
"[Sen. Barack Obama] was scheduled to appear later today at rallies in North Carolina, another state rated as a tossup, and Virginia, which has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1964 but which polls show is now leaning toward Obama."