Road to 60: Five ways to help win a Senate seat in Georgia

This is a quick reminder that the runoff election for U.S. Senate in Georgia will be on December 2, and there are many ways you can help Democrat Jim Martin beat Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss.

Depending on how the recount in Minnesota turns out, which won't be resolved for a few weeks, Martin could be the key to getting Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

1. Go donate to Martin's campaign. It will only take a minute of your time.

2. Help google-bomb Saxby Chambliss. This is easy, and Chris Bowers explains why it is helpful:

Have you started linking to Saxby Chambliss yet? The more people who do, the higher it will appear in search engine rankings. If we can push it into the first ten results for Saxby Chambliss in Georgia, then it will result in a lot of excellent voter contacts. Everyone who encounters the site will be a voter looking for more information on Saxby Chambliss, and we can show them this great website made by an enterprising activist.

Log on to the various blogs where you comment, and click on your user page. Then click "profile" (or at MyDD, "display"). There should be an area where you can write text that will be your "signature," attached to all comments you make.

You want to embed a link to the Saxby Chambliss website. Here is what I did:

See if Saxby Chambliss is helping you.

If you don't know how to embed a link, write this all on one line with no spaces between:

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a href="http://saxby-chambliss.com/"

>

Saxby Chambliss

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/a

>

3. Kick in a few more bucks to Martin's campaign.

4. If you live in Georgia or close enough to travel there, sign up to volunteer for Martin's campaign during the next few weeks. You were planning to take some time off for Thanksgiving anyway, right? Set aside extra time to volunteer.

Remember that there are many ways to volunteer besides knocking on strangers' doors and calling strangers on the phone. You can help sort literature for the canvassers. You can help stuff envelopes. You can bring a home-made meal to the campaign office for the staff and other volunteers. I heard of one woman in Iowa who used to do laundry for field organizers renting apartments without washing machines. Every hour that staffer doesn't have to spend in a laundromat is an hour he or she can be getting out the vote for Jim Martin.

5. Ask some friends or relatives to make a campaign contribution. Explain to them that this race will affect the Republicans' ability to obstruct the change we need.

Please feel free to suggest other ways activists can help Martin bring this race home.

UPDATE: From the comments, Georgeo57 reminds us that
people can make GOTV calls from other states into Georgia. President-Elect Obama can release his list of most active phone bankers and volunteers to the Martiin campaign, and Martin can feature a GOTV phonebank list on his site. Everyone is still revved up from November 4th, and we could easily flood Georgia with calls from many other states. We can only do this if Obama and Martin facilitate the calls through the Martin site, or if organizations like MyDD, DailyKos, or MoveOn step up to the plate to recruit callers and provide on-line voter lists.
ATL Dem offers another great idea:
Upthread comments are right about doing GOTV, and I'll be making calls. In the meantime, I'm also running this Google ad to assist in desmoinesdem's project No. 2: Hi from Saxby Chambliss Read about my work in D.C. Too bad it's not for you! saxby-chambliss.com It's getting monster response -- over 15 percent of people searching for "Saxby Chambliss" are clicking it. The bad thing about that is that my $10 a day budget gets used up pretty fast, so if you're of a mind to, go to Google and click on "Advertising Programs" and set up another ad.

Tags: 2008 elections, Congress, GA-Sen, GOTV, Jim Martin, saxby chambliss, Senate, volunteering (all tags)

Comments

23 Comments

See how it works?

Every time I post a comment, there is a link to that great website about Saxby Chambliss. If enough bloggers embed this link in their comments, then people doing google searches on Chambliss will be more likely to stumble on the website.

by desmoinesdem 2008-11-16 11:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Road to 60:

Good diary, desmoinesdem.  

Martin is a real economic progressive.  He supports EFCA, which takes courage in a right to work state.

by TomP 2008-11-16 11:45AM | 0 recs
good for him

Iowa is also a right to work state, and we have Democrats in our state legislature who are afraid to take a stand on the issue.

Thanks for letting us know that about Martin. Of course I'd support even a DINO against Chambliss, but it's nice to know he would be a "better Democrat" in addition to being another Democrat.

by desmoinesdem 2008-11-16 12:26PM | 0 recs
That always surprised me

about Iowa.  Missouri is a closed shop state.  In 1978, business had a referendum on the ballot to make Missouri a right to work for less state, and it was decisively rejected.  It's probably the St.L. and KC labor influence.  Iowa has only one big city, Des Moines, and it's medium size.

by TomP 2008-11-16 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Road to 60:

Saxby Chambliss

Did it work?  It did on preview!!!!

by TomP 2008-11-16 11:48AM | 0 recs
worked just fine!

Thank you. He's not too well known outside Georgia, so it should be relatively easy to elevate that website to the top ten results for a search on "Saxby Chambliss."

by desmoinesdem 2008-11-16 12:25PM | 0 recs
Google bomb?

Done!

by Spiffarino 2008-11-16 11:59AM | 0 recs
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by mikeinsf 2008-11-16 12:07PM | 0 recs
I tend to prefer "assclown"

which was one of Steve Gilliard's favored put-downs. However, asshat is also apt.

If I'm being totally honest, though, Saxby Chambliss seems like a made-up name from a Foghorn Leghorn cartoon.

by desmoinesdem 2008-11-16 12:24PM | 0 recs
GOTV

The only thing that matters is the GOTV effort.  As a resident of Georgia I can tell you that no more advertising is going to help at this point.  

Our Runoff elections have notorious low turnouts.  Republicans almost always turn out at higher levels.   The thing that would help is to work on GOTV efforts in Metro Atlanta.  A very large GOTV effort in DeKalb and Fulton could make the difference in the election.

Make sure that All Democratic voters in Georgia know the importance of getting Martin into the Senate and to vote on Dec 2.

So far the GOTV has been very good from my persepective.  The DSCC has been running ads letting Obama voters know that they need to turn out again to help Martin Help Obama

by gavoter 2008-11-16 12:28PM | 0 recs
Re: GOTV
My point on advertising is that everyone who is going to vote knows everything they need to know about either candidate.
 If you want to help fund advertising, help with GOTV advertising.   Better would be to make calls and to knock on doors if you have the time.
by gavoter 2008-11-16 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Road to 60: Set up an Into Georgia GOTV

Another way we can help Jim Martin win is to make GOTV calls from other states into Georgia.  President-Elect Obama can release his list of most active phone bankers and volunteers to the Martiin campaign, and Martin can feature a GOTV phonebank list on his site.

Everyone is still revved up from November 4th, and we could easily flood Georgia with calls from many other states.

We can only do this if Obama and Martin facilitate the calls through the Martin site, or if organizations like MyDD, DailyKos, or MoveOn step up to the plate to recruit callers and provide on-line voter lists.

This Senate race is winnable, and to not organize a state-to-state GOTV phone drive would be to squander a rare opportunity.

Also, by launching this effort, even if Martin were to lose, we would be sending a strong message to the Republicans that we have only begun our fight to make their Party extinct.

by Georgeo57 2008-11-16 12:29PM | 0 recs
Beyond the bomb

Upthread comments are right about doing GOTV, and I'll be making calls. In the meantime, I'm also running this Google ad to assist in demoinesdem's project No. 2:

Hi from Saxby Chambliss
Read about my work in D.C.
Too bad it's not for you!
saxby-chambliss.com

It's getting monster response -- over 15 percent of people searching for "Saxby Chambliss" are clicking it. The bad thing about that is that my $10 a day budget gets used up pretty fast, so if you're of a mind to, go to Google and click on "Advertising Programs" and set up another ad.

by ATL Dem 2008-11-16 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond the bomb

Whose your host?  You might want to look into Cancaca.com.

by Georgeo57 2008-11-16 02:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond the bomb

The page isn't mine, just the Google ad pointing to it.

by ATL Dem 2008-11-16 02:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond the bomb

Wow! 15% CTR is off the charts. Was this just great instinct on your part or did you happen to follow the methodology I recommended at OpenLeft?

by jeffbinnc 2008-11-17 05:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond the bomb

I remember that post at OpenLeft, as well as Bowers'. I think, though, that the numbers here aren't from anything smart that I might have done. I ran the same ad with the same keywords in late October, with normal (low single digits) CTRs. After restarting on Friday, here are the CTRs by keyword in order of impressions, through today (Monday, 11/17):

Saxby Chambliss -- 14.9
Saxby -- 3.9
Chambliss -- 6.4
Senator Saxby Chambliss -- 7.1
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (no impressions, no CTR)

Overall, with all the keywords, the CTR is now 11 percent.

I am guessing that the improvement since October is due to fewer ads competing with this (average position for "Saxby Chambliss" is 1.0; his campaign must not be running anything at all), and maybe more pointed interest in the Senate race on the part of some voters now that the presidential is settled.

The bad thing is that at my $10/day budget, with so many clicks the ad isn't shown for long each day. The ad was already "off the air" for today (Monday) when I checked at 9 a.m.
 

by ATL Dem 2008-11-17 05:31AM | 0 recs
What's the minimum

cost per click that you've tried to bid? Since there's no other competitors, you don't need to bid very high to get to #1. Also, what's your geographic audience? If you're targeting all of GA, try targeting specific zip codes where you think you have a better chance of peeling more voters away from Chambliss. Following either of these strategies will help your ads stay up longer.

by jeffbinnc 2008-11-17 06:37AM | 0 recs
Re: What's the minimum

Good point on the bids. I set it at $1 max, but that does seem too high. I wonder how Google decides how much to charge when there's no competition between ads.

I don't know enough to target Zip codes intelligently.

by ATL Dem 2008-11-17 07:20AM | 0 recs
Re: What's the minimum

Yes, lower your max amount. Remember, you don't have to have the #1 rank to get the most click-throughs. In fact, sometimes ads in the #2 or #3 position have better CTR. That said, what Google charges for a click on your ad is based on a number of factors, not just your bid amount compared to others. That's why you can't guarantee top position just by bidding the most. But there is a "threshold" you cross if you lower your bid so much that Google regards it as too low, despite the competitiveness of your keyword. You'll notice that you've crossed that threshold when you see that your Quality Score is "Poor" and when you click on the little magnifying glass next to the keyword it says that your ad is showing irregularly because you bid amount is too low.

by jeffbinnc 2008-11-17 08:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Road to 60: Five ways to help win a Senate sea

Does it count more than once if you do it more than once?

by jared mcclelland 2008-11-16 05:34PM | 0 recs
the more you comment

with a link to that website embedded in the comment, the more it will help (at least if I understand the concept of "search engine optimization" correctly).

by desmoinesdem 2008-11-17 03:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Road to 60: Five ways to help win a Senate sea

here's hoping it does

by jared mcclelland 2008-11-16 05:35PM | 0 recs

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