When I first announced my candidacy for the United States Senate I really had no idea how well my message would resonate in the Nutmeg State. Well we're six-months in, and my campaign is really gaining momentum. I am very encouraged with the progress we have made. I am well received at the Republican Town Committee meetings with several towns having already voting to endorse me. I have more volunteers and more donors then any other candidate in the race and reporters statewide agree that I won the only televised debate, which explains why neither of my opponents will agree to another.
The bottom line is, I think I have a real chance to win this election. My opponents are already adopting many of my positions, even if they do not completely understand the reasons behind them. This is a testimony to the strength of my message and the growing support I enjoy among delegates to the Republican Convention and local Tea Party activists.
The most encouraging data has come from my internal polls, which reveal a clear path to victory. According to these polls, both my message and my background win the Republican primary. Though I am still in third place (but climbing fast) among voters who are familiar with all three candidates, I win. Also, of all the Republican candidates I have the lowest unfavorable rating, and likely have the best chance to win the general election in November once people get to know me.
However, my main problem is that I currently lack the name recognition necessary to win the Republican primary. Unfortunately, most voters did not watch the debates, and still have no idea who I am, or what I stand for. However, based on the polls, if I can simply get more voters familiar with my principles and what I stand for, I will win their support.
Unfortunately, there is only one way to reach enough voters to achieve this, and that is with television ads. The problem is, that in Connecticut, ads are very expensive. I have already raised and spent about $2 Million on my campaign, and have recently contributed $500,000 of my own money. I need to raise more money to close the gap in the polls between my opponents and myself, and show Republican delegates at next month's convention that I have the fundraising support I need to win this seat.
To help me, some of my supporters have launched a Money Bomb (a one-day, online fundraising event) to raise money for my campaign. The website promoting the Money Bomb is www.maydaymoneybomb.com. Donations can also be made at my official campaign website www.schiffforsenate.com.
Those of you who have been reading my commentaries over the years know where I stand on the issues and what I hope to accomplish as a United States Senator. The stakes are high. I believe the fate of our nation depends on people like me getting elected before the problems become intractable.
I am asking everyone who regularly reads my columns or who visits the websites that choose to publish them, to do their part in making this Money Bomb and my campaign a success. Please donate as much as you can at www.schiffforsenate.com on May 1st. As promised, I have already decided to match all contributions that exceed the $500,000 I just donated personally dollar for dollar.
If I do not win the convention in May, I will still be in a highly contested primary election scheduled for August. However, a good showing at the convention will greatly increase my chances to win the primary. So if you believe in the Constitution, in individual liberty, in sound money and the free market then please help me bring these concepts back to Washington.
I can win this election, but I cannot do it without your help. If we all pitch in, we will not fail. The stakes have never been higher. I believe we not only owe this to our forefathers who fought to give us our freedoms, but to our children, who one day will follow in our footsteps.
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