Paul Bedard, October 9, 2012 –
Republican officials revealed Tuesday that since Mitt Romney’s commanding performance in last Wednesday’s debate, there has been a 63 percent surge of volunteers to GOP offices, Republican voter enthusiasm has grown and requests for absentee ballots used by early voters favor the party in the battleground states of Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada.
The volunteer wave is key for get out the vote efforts and reverses a troubling trend due to a lack of enthusiasm for Romney before the debate. Republican National Committee Political Director Rick Wiley said all that changed with the debate and now Romney voters are “much more enthusiastic about casting their ballots.”
In a memo to supporters, Wiley crowed about Romney’s new political fortune while taking a shot at President Obama. In touting numbers of volunteers and absentee ballot requests, for example, he slapped the Obama campaign for bragging about how many offices they’ve opened around the nation, “some of which we’ve found sitting idle,” said Wiley.
Below is his memo: