Recent poll internals show Forrester’s support among Republicans nearly the same as Corzine’s support among Democrats, but some are speculating that Forrester’s recent change of heart on positions like stem cell research and abortion may cost him some critical votes:
Conservative Republican Dave Pawson agrees with GOP candidate Doug Forrester on most issues in the New Jersey governor’s race. But when Pawson goes into the voting booth next Tuesday, he won’t pull the lever for Forrester _ or for the other guy, either.
I don’t think I buy it. Conservatives are historically good at holding their noses and voting for lesser of two evils. I doubt there are many who won’t actually vote for Forrester. What’s more likely to happen is that these same supporters – the ones who usually help out with door knocking, stamp licking and rally attending, will be so disillusioned and uninspired, that they will refuse to help out the campaign:
Pawson said that when he heard the Kean ad while driving to work, his first thought was, “Well, that’s the end of the Forrester campaign.” Conservatives who had signed up to man phone banks, hand out literature and put up lawn signs for Forrester suddenly “unvolunteered,” he said.
This could translate into a lack of volunteers on election day, which will hurt his turnout. He’ll have to replace those volunteers with paid workers. Maybe that’s why he’s already resorted to paying people to cheer for him at events.