Wednesday, August 18, 2010
As the final week before the August 24th runoff begins, 5th Congressional District candidates James Lankford and Kevin Calvey are entering the final phase of campaigning. Calvey, long considered the favorite due to his money ties and previous ballot experience, came in a surprise second in the hotly contested July 27th primary election to James Lankford, an absolute political newcomer.
In addition to his fresh feel as an outsider, his skillful use of new media, personal approach, and enthusiastic campaign volunteers, Lankford's success thus far has also been affected by the strong support of Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, and 2008 GOP presidential candidate.
By any measurement, this is a close race. But, can Mike Huckabee and his nationwide grassroots army of HuckPAC volunteers put James Lankford over the top?
Beginning yesterday morning, online phone-banking HuckPAC volunteers have made several hundred phone calls into the 5th District, asking volunteers to vote for Lankford. These calls will continue through the rest of the election.
The narrow victory by Huckabee-endorsed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal on August 10th has been attributed by some to the last minute phone-banking done by HuckPAC volunteers. Deal defeated the Palin and Romney endorsed candidate by less than 2,500 votes.
James Lankford has a huge ally on his side; Huckabee's volunteer army has made an impact before in races like this. Will this runoff be another Huckabee/HuckPAC victory? We'll find out on Tuesday evening.