Campaign '04: Fighting For Every Last Vote

IN SUCH A TIGHT RACE, THE GAME IS ABOUT TURNING OUT YOUR SUPPORTERS. TIME GOES INSIDE THE GROUND WAR

IN LANCASTER, OHIO, A FAST-GROWING SUBURB OF COLUMBUS WHERE cornfields are giving way to subdivisions, the Bush re-election headquarters at 120 East Main Street ran out of yard signs after giving out 3,500 of them and is scrambling to get more. Each evening, volunteers pour into a nearby building to make more than 1,000 telephone calls--their share of the more than 30,000 that George W. Bush's campaign says its ground troops make in Ohio every night. When the sun comes up, the volunteers are out knocking on doors across Fairfield County. "I don't think it's close," says Jim Mergler, 61, of...

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