And quite a few hands and even advertisements did it lend in the past week in particular.
Last week, 18 Dorchester County residents dedicated over 150 hours calling North Carolina voters, providing residents of the neighboring state with information of personal relevance on the upcoming election.
Participants who spent four evenings at the county Democratic Party headquarters included former mayor Hazel Parson-Starkes, whose Ridgeville Town Hall is named in her honor.
Many from the greater Charleston region are volunteering at the Obama campaign’s West Ashley office, too, says Laura Storey, regional field director with Organizing for America. Their contributions include phonebanking and data entry, which she says are vital needs.
“Decisions get made based on data,” Storey says, referring to both the information callers provide to North Carolina residents, as well as the feedback they get from those voters.
Taking it a step further, the South Carolina Democratic Party produced and paid for a television ad that ran Aug. 15 to 21 on Charlotte television stations.
Titled “Down Here,” the ad criticizes Mitt Romney for his hypocritical stance on gun control. (See video below.)
SCDP chair Dick Harpootlian was eager to run the advertisement, too. “This guy is getting a free pass on the fact that he was pro-gun control,” he recently told The State . “And now he’s … pro-gun.”
Harpootlian notes that Romney has also flip-flopped on other vital issues, too, including abortion and mandated health insurance.
North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes are still a toss-up; an average of recent polls shows Obama to have only a one-point lead (48 to 47) in what’s regarded a “must win” state.
South Carolina, on the other hand, is considered a leaning-Romney state.