Campaigns Across The U.S.: GOP Tries To Turn Ill.
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DAVID SCHAPER: I'm David Schaper in Chicago, where on Halloween night, Illinois Republicans were focused on what, for them, would be a big treat - turning this reliably blue state and President Obama's home state, red on Tuesday. The trick will be turning out their voters for Republican congressman Mark Kirk, in the very tight race for Mr. Obama's former Senate seat.
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SCHAPER: Wow, what a great crowd. What a great turnout.
SCHAPER: And helping fire up the Illinois GOP on behalf of Kirk was someone who knows about turning a blue state red, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.
SCHAPER: We need him to go to Washington and be that independent voice that Illinois absolutely needs. So I want to thank each and everyone of you for coming out. Don't take this for granted. Don't take this for granted, because it's him and you against the machine.
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SCHAPER: While this Republican rally at a Chicago bar Sunday night drew just a few hundred people, the Illinois GOP is nonetheless putting up some very impressive Get Out the Vote numbers of its own.
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SCHAPER: State party leaders say phone banks, like this one in Chicago's northern suburbs, have reached more than four million potential Illinois voters since April. That's more than any other state Republican organization in the country.
M: Good morning, is Charles available?
SCHAPER: Retiree Narin Farnsworth, of Fort Sheridan, Illinois, says when he makes these calls in the moderate to liberal-leaning affluent suburbs that Republican Kirk represents in Congress, he's hearing more people talk about their economic worries.
M: I think there is an apprehension that I haven't in previous years, haven't - rather than just party loyalty in previous years - this is where people are, hey, I'm scared.
SCHAPER: David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago.
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