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Volunteers fighting for candidate support one phone call at a time


Tim Anderson is in from Minneapolis, Minnesota, spending the week in Cedar Rapids to fight for what he believes in.

"You get the government you deserve therefore I'm going to go out and do something about it," Anderson said.

Anderson is putting in seven hour days, making phone calls and posting signs in support of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

These phone calls are in an effort to lock in supporters and bring in new ones.

He's spending thousands of dollars to be here and in return isn't receiving a dime.

"The important thing is building up momentum going into South Carolina because this is going to be a marathon," Anderson said.

Polls are reporting there's still plenty of votes up for grabs.

"People come in. They're going to be changing their minds or making up their minds based on the people that they meet," said Jim Conklin, former chair of the Linn County Republicans and current Gingrich supporter.

In the final days before the caucuses, volunteers like Anderson are making thousands of calls for their respective campaigns, encouraging registered Republicans to turn out Tuesday night.

Many believe these calls can make a difference, specifically in Linn County, where officials are anticipating a turnout as many as 15,000 on caucus night.

"I believe we're going to have about a 5 to 7 percent influence across the state," Conklin said.

While candidates continue to criss-cross the state in the public's eye, it's these teams of volunteers working behind the scenes, that hope to have an influence, however small, on the 2012 presidential race.

"I plan on going on to South Carolina with him and continuing along as far as I can," Anderson said.

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