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I started this post-mortem a week out from election as the ramp up to the final push was in full swing. The copy machine was running full-time as the cases of paper came in waves off the delivery trucks. In my many years of working on political campaigns, I’ve never witnessed what has taken place since the Monmouth University poll [showing Cho just 5 points back, “within striking distance of Garrett – ed.] was released and the rest of the country learned what we already knew; the Cho campaign was one of the few opportunities in a Republican year where a Democrat threatened an entrenched Republican incumbent.
The electricity among the volunteers and even some of the staff grew with every article from The Record, The Ledger, The Herald, Politickernj, the AP, etc. The second poll from Monmouth University was released around Noon that final Thursday and the news wasn’t good: down by 11; trailing in Bergen where we were once up by 12. Looking deeper into the crosstabs we had made up 5 points in the western part of the district where we had spent no money. Something wasn’t making sense. If we trashed the poll in the media, I had visions of Team Romney poo-pooing the pollsters and thus Romney being caught flat footed having not prepared a concession speech. So we sat silently despite internal concern over the Monmouth findings.