As I sit here unable to sleep, waiting on the storm to pass so I can go back out and check on the signs I helped put up tonight, I have had some time to think about this very long primary race that ends tomorrow.
I’ve run for office a few times and have been successful more times than not. But I have experienced defeat, and it’s not a fun feeling, especially when you ask yourself did you do everything you could do to win the election?
The two times I lost, I couldn’t answer truthfully that I had done enough….and I learned from my mistakes.
Tonight there are politicians all over the state in agony asking themselves if they have done all they could do? Did they knock on enough doors? Did they do enough mail or phone calls? Did they talk about the issues that connect with the voters?
There are some candidates that I support that won’t win tomorrow night, there are some that will probably go to a runoff and face another agonizing six weeks of campaigning and there are some that will feel the feeling of jubilation of a winning race. But tonight they all lay in bed, unable to sleep asking themselves that question…….did I do enough?
As an ardent political junkie that puts my heart and soul into campaigns, I also ask myself if I’ve done enough to help. That question is invariably no….I could have walked door to door more, I could have sent more emails, I could have written more on the blog…..but I have to balance this support with a full time job, a family and a full plate of committments outside of work. But tonight I can’t sleep because I ask myself the question…..what more could I have done, or what could I have done better?
There are a couple of local candidates that I think can say that they did do enough…Giovanni and Kelly Hancock. They both ran very efficient campaigns, spoke directly to the voters and they had a great message. I think both will win tomorrow…..but I know both men are still up wondering if they did enough.
There are other candidates that did things that made me say….What? There are candidates that I didn’t support that made me step back and take a second look at their candidates based souly on the fact they ran fantastic campaigns and worked hard every day.
Tomorrow I will be up bright and early and at the polls, working for the candidates I believe in. I will be out trying to make sure that I can’t say I didn’t do enough.
What will you be doing?