Hayhurst Kicks Off Canvasing Rally In Fort Wayne

Congressional Candidates Ramp Up Campaigning

By Michael Konopasek

October 9, 2010 Updated Oct 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - In just under a month, election day will be upon us and northeast Indiana Hoosiers will decide who will fill the Congressional District Seat vacated by Mark Souder. Both the Democrat and Republican in the election are working hard to get votes in the final stretch.

Democrat Tom Hayhurst kicked off his canvasing campaign at a rally Saturday morning in Fort Wayne. Hayhurst says his campaign called on nearly 900 volunteers to go door to door and make more than 70,000 phone calls. The campaign estimated 25 people at the morning event.

The Stutzman campaign says it has been canvasing the district since last month, knocking on thousands of doors.

Both candidates say the most crucial issue for Indiana voters is jobs, and both men are making promises to bring more to the Hoosier State.

An early October New York Times poll puts Stutzman over Hayhurst by a 17% lead, but previous results show the lead is getting narrower. Hayhurst says he isn't putting much stock in polls. He says he is confident voters will turn agaisnt 'career politicans' and elect him in November.

"I very much consider myself an independent guy," said Hayhurst. "My opponent [Stutzman] is running ... his 5th campaign in 2 or 3 years. I'm not running to become a lifer in Congress."

Stutzman says he isn't either. He says even though he has been in several campaigns, he is not running to create a career.

"Dr. Hayhurst has actually been in elected office more than I have," noted Stutzman. "He has actually been in office for 12 years. I've been in for just under 8."

Both candidates will no doubt be very busy in the final weeks of campaigning. A debate is scheduled on Tuesday, October 12 at IPFW's Rhinehart Recital Hall.




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