Hundreds of home-schooled students worked for GOP Senate candidates
All four – Toomey in Pennslvania, Marco Rubio in Florida, Roy Blunt in Missouri, and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin – won races. And all four outperformed independent polls in the last week of the campaign, helping to keep the Senate in Republican control.
Founded in 2003 by Christian political activist Mike Farris and the Home School Legal Defense Association, Generation Joshua is based at Patrick Henry College in Northern Virginia. Aside from running a summer camp to expose students to real-life political scenarios, the organization supplies conservative campaigns with dozens of motivated, well-disciplined teenagers adept at connecting with voters and staying on message.
The campaigns covered almost all of the expenses this cycle, such as food, gas and lodging, In turn, they provided the teenage volunteers with specific doors to knock on during the day and homes to call at night with very clear instructions on what to tell voters.
Joel Grewe, who runs Generation Joshua, said even politics-weary residents wary of canvassers tend to open their doors to teenagers.
“Hi. I’m such and such and I’m 14 and I can’t vote and I’m hoping you do,” said Grewe, recounting a typical pitch. “That’ll get through to people. People will listen to that as opposed to anything else they hear the entire political cycle.”
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