We're down the wire on the special election in House District 83. A House campaign is usually spread out over six or eight months...longer if the candidate works hard at building local connections in multiple small towns in the district before he or she actually declares candidacy.
Special elections last weeks instead of months, and are even more intense and stressful than regulare elections. Since they are usually elections with low voter turnout, there is an even greater need to be sure every supporter casts a ballot.
We've got a good candidate, Deane Jones, and a good team. Let's hope tomorrow night's victory party is just that. In a race where the biggest difference in the candidates is on the issue of a woman's right to choose (with the Democrat being pro-choice and the Republican an employee of Maine Right to Life), I was surprised that the many good pro-choice organizations didn't take a greater part in helping our candidate, but that's water under the bridge at this point. Yes, Equality Maine was there on the phones with us, and several other organizations helped out as well, but I guess I had hoped for a greater outpouring of concern.
So....one more day, and we'll be able to celebrate.