June 30, 1996 in Nation/World

Democrats Build Machine To Turn Out Voters

Compiled From Wire Services

Mindful of how they were outhustled by conservatives in the 1994 elections, Democratic Party officials vowed Saturday to build an army of 50,000 precinct captains to turn out voters in 20 key states this November.

In unveiling the ambitious plan, Democratic leaders said it was a sign they would not let the favorable early election-year climate breed overconfidence as they try not only to re-elect President Clinton, but also regain control of the House and Senate.

The initiative is modeled after the precinct politics long the stuff of legend here in Chicago, and once a Democratic forte because of the party’s alliances with labor unions, civil rights organizations and feminist groups.

The precinct program was announced as Democratic leaders gathered in their convention city to prepare for the August gathering that will formally launch the fall campaigns for Congress and the White House.

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