Both presidential campaigns are trying to pick up the undecided vote and solidify their base. In the case of Melinda Wadsley of Ames, the base is undecided.
“I voted for Bush both times, I voted for McCain so I`ve been very active in the party,” says Wadsley.
The lifelong Republican expected to play an even bigger role in the party this year as one of Iowa`s six votes in the Electoral College.
“If you`re elected as a Republican elector, you`re really expected and obligated to vote for the Republican nominee,” Wadsley explains.
After the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Wadsley began to question whether she could vote for Mitt Romney. The Ron Paul supporter took issue after the RNC passed “some pretty atrocious” rule changes. According to Wadsley, the new rules would squash out the grassroots conservatives in Iowa. Wadsley was asked to resign and she agreed out of respect for the party.
“Resigning was a good option for me because I can still say I`m quite undecided on who I will support as a result of the events at the RNC,” she says.
At an event in Waukee today, there’s no question who Republicans are rallying behind. Volunteers have made six times as many calls this year than in 2008 and stepped up their door to door campaign even more.
“It very well could come down to the volunteer efforts on both sides over these last 49 days,” says Matt Strawn, former Iowa GOP Chair.
Strawn says supporters need to vote early for the Romney-Ryan ticket.
“That`s a message I`m saying to any Iowan or any American that wants to see this country really get back on track economically and start living within its means,” says Strawn.
As party faithful try to over undecided voters.
“I`ve never found myself in this position before where I was an undecided voter,” says Wadsley.
Wadsley says she would never vote for a Democrat or skip out on her civic duty. That leaves her two choices, either voting for Governor Romney or a third-party candidate. In the meantime, state Republicans will need to find another elector to replace her.