Just days from the election, a Wednesday night rally for Democrats in Fort Wayne was more about getting out the vote than closing the sale.Shortly after 6 p.m., about 175 people had gathered at Bricklayers Local No. 4, 7301 Decatur Road, to hear some of the state’s top Democratic candidates deliver appeals for voting, mobilization and last-minute political preaching.
This was an early-voting crowd of political enthusiasts; a show of hands indicated that the majority of adults there already had voted. But Evan Bayh, the former governor and U.S. senator aiming to return to the Senate, asked for more than an early vote. He urged everyone to talk to their families and friends to urge them to vote, too.
He cited the first Senate race won by his father, Birch Bayh, as an example of how much single votes can matter. The elder Bayh’s margin in that election? "Just one vote per precinct," Evan Bayh said.Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg one-upped Evan Bayh in his get-out-the-vote challenge. "If you’re not talking to your family, you’ve got worse problems than not voting," he said. Instead, he challenged each person there to talk to four Republicans.
"We all know there are good Republicans in Indiana," Gregg said, referring to Republicans who now feel alienated from their party and its policies.
Lieutenant Governor candidate Christina Hale may have stolen the show when she confided that she’d struggled with despair recently.
"I thought, ‘We’re a bunch of losers. We’re never going to do it,’" she said. "Then the Cubs won in Cleveland!"