COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - There is no playbook for the situation political candidates are in right now. With no town halls, no door knocking, or face to face interaction, those running for office are having to get creative in how they reach voters.
On Thursday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Sen. Cory Gardner, along with dozens of Colorado Republicans, held an online training meeting to discuss ways to reach voters during this pandemic.
"From an RNC perspective, we shifted within about 24 hours to a completely virtual operation," McDaniel says.
Those involved talked about strategies they will implement to reach out to voters focusing on phone calls and social media posts all while staying inside their homes. "We want to make sure that we are contacting as many voters as possible as often as possible," says Stephen Mueller, the regional Republican Director for Arapahoe County.
Kyle Kohli, the Colorado Communications Director for the RNC, says in one weekend, volunteers reached out to 275,000 voters across the state.
Democrats are doing the same.
Morgan Carroll the Colorado Democratic Chairwoman says everyone is coming up with innovative ways to reach voters.
"I think we can expect a lot more zoom meetings and go to webinars and virtual rallies instead of live rallies at least for a while," Carroll says.
However, she says the problem with this type of outreach is Coloradans living in rural districts.
"There are parts of the state that just don't have reliable enough broadband internet access," Carroll says, while adding that not everyone uses social media.