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Candidates Prepare for Last-Minute Campaigning

Candidates and their supporters will be out in force on every major street corner in the state until the polls close.

Anthony Viegbesie hopes his sign waving will persuade a last minute undecided voter.

Anthony Viegbesie, Tallahassee City Commission candidate, said, “It does make a difference to some voters, but not to all voters.”

For candidates, the street presence is instant feedback.

Debbie Lightsey, Tallahassee City Commission candidate, “We get the V for victory. Occasionally, we get one of these (thumbs down) but it’s all very personal."

And one campaign worker got more feedback than she expected.

Lightsey added, “One of my volunteers was mooned. That’s the funniest thing that happened. I missed it, of course. You’d think it was the 70’s again.”

For many candidates, waving a sign is just a last act of desperation, but experts say that waving along with yard signs can really make a difference.

Lance Dehaven Smith, an FSU political scientist, said, "Research has demonstrated that as the election approaches, people are actually looking to see who they think is going to win. They don’t want to back a loser, and so if they see a lot of signs being held for somebody or people walking the streets to encourage people to vote for them, they’re inclined to think this person might win and that makes them more likely to vote for them.”

So honk if you know the candidate, but it’s probably a good idea to keep your drawers on if you don’t like them.


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