Home-Educated Youth and the Election

Public educators and the media can scoff all they want, but one thing is undeniable -- home-educated youth are dramatically changing America's political landscape. For years liberals have sought to contain the home-school movement by harassing families and banning their children from publicly funded athletic programs and other extracurricular activities. It hasn't worked. On the contrary, these discriminatory practices have created a generation of motivated activists.

With every passing election cycle, Republican candidates become increasingly reliant on home-educated students to propel them to victory. Generation Joshua, a division of the Home-school Legal Defense Association, has set the benchmark for results through the use of their Student Action Teams. SATs are deployed for the final five days leading up to the election, and they typically consist of forty to fifty students and four staffers. In past years, Gen J has worked for such prominent figures as Senator Tom Coburn, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Bob McDonnel, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. This year, nearly nine hundred students were deployed to twenty-one races across the country. Here is a small portion of the results:

Florida Senate - Four days before Marco Rubio sailed to his nineteen-point victory, Generation Joshua landed 120 bodies on the ground in three key locations. In Tamp Bay, a swing district home to Democrat gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, students knocked on 15,000 doors and made 20,000 phone calls. Another 50,000 voter contacts were made by those stationed in Jacksonville and Orlando.

FL-8 - Daniel Webster, a homeschooling father, was another beneficiary of Gen J's Florida activities. A strategic placement in Orlando allowed students campaigning for Rubio to also reach 24,000 voters on Webster's behalf. Democrat incumbent Alan Grayson, who made national headlines with his "Taliban Dan" ad, was defeated by 18 points.

NH-1 - Generation Joshua received a unique reception in New Hampshire. Unlike other states, voters here enjoyed phone calls and willingly engaged in long, animated discussions. A separate office was secured for Gen J's campaign activities, and five college students led the team as they manned street corners with homemade signs, knocked on 1,500 doors, and made 55,000 phone calls. As a result, Republican Frank Guinta's message of fiscal responsibility and limited government resonated with the voters. He soundly defeated two-term incumbent Carol Shea-Porter with 54% of the vote. 

WI-8 - "Reid the roofer" Ribble garnered 55% of the vote in a historically conservative area held by two-term incumbent Steve Kagen. Due to countless acres of state and federal land, the team was split between the metropolis areas of Appleton and Green Bay. Gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker and state GOP Chairman Reince Priebus met with the students, and TV stations zeroed in on the amazing story of Generation Joshua's 98,351 voter contacts.

TX-23 - Francisco Canseco defeated seven-term incumbent Democrat Ciro Rodriquez by five points in a purple district where Latinos make up 65% of the population. America's eighth-largest geographical district, the twenty-third stretches from the outskirts of El Paso to the San Antonio city limits. Despite the district's rural setting and sparse population, 38 Gen J students completed 26,000 phone calls while also knocking on 25,000 doors.

MD-1 - After losing by 3,000 votes in the Democrat wave of 2008, Andy Harris easily won his rematch with Frank Katrovil by 13 points. Gen J students deployed in Annapolis and Salisbury reached 62,000 voters on his behalf.

WA-3 - Jamie Herrera easily defeated her Democrat rival without even mentioning her minority heritage. Not only is Jamie Hispanic, but she is also a home-school alumna and the first to become a member of Congress. Though home-schoolers can be hard to find amidst Washington's entrenched liberal elite, it was only fitting that twenty-one students rallied to Herrera's historical campaign. Their efforts resulted in 63,123 voter contacts.

In other key races of interest, 88 students were deployed to Nevada for Sharron Angle, and 67 were brought into Colorado by American Crossroads for Ken Buck. And a California team of 67 students worked on Van Tran's congressional race in Orange County, California.  

Nationally, Generation Joshua's SAT teams contacted over 800,000 voters, and their candidates ultimately won fourteen races and lost five, with two still awaiting recounts. Six of the candidates were minorities, and five were homeschooling parents.

Both Tom McClintock and Geoff Davis, Congressmen from California and Kentucky, respectively, insist they could never have won without Generation Joshua. They are probably right.

In an election's crucial final days, Gen J's Student Action Teams are the difference factor. These experienced and highly efficient groups are strategically deployed to areas where high voter turnout is crucial for GOP success. Politically astute and educated at home, they are the hope and future of America.

"Generation Joshua is the answer to ACORN."
 - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann 

Josiah Cantrall is the Young Republican Midwest Regional Director. He is a home-school graduate and has twelve siblings. http://on.fb.me/jcantrall
Public educators and the media can scoff all they want, but one thing is undeniable -- home-educated youth are dramatically changing America's political landscape. For years liberals have sought to contain the home-school movement by harassing families and banning their children from publicly funded athletic programs and other extracurricular activities. It hasn't worked. On the contrary, these discriminatory practices have created a generation of motivated activists.

With every passing election cycle, Republican candidates become increasingly reliant on home-educated students to propel them to victory. Generation Joshua, a division of the Home-school Legal Defense Association, has set the benchmark for results through the use of their Student Action Teams. SATs are deployed for the final five days leading up to the election, and they typically consist of forty to fifty students and four staffers. In past years, Gen J has worked for such prominent figures as Senator Tom Coburn, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Bob McDonnel, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. This year, nearly nine hundred students were deployed to twenty-one races across the country. Here is a small portion of the results:

Florida Senate - Four days before Marco Rubio sailed to his nineteen-point victory, Generation Joshua landed 120 bodies on the ground in three key locations. In Tamp Bay, a swing district home to Democrat gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, students knocked on 15,000 doors and made 20,000 phone calls. Another 50,000 voter contacts were made by those stationed in Jacksonville and Orlando.

FL-8 - Daniel Webster, a homeschooling father, was another beneficiary of Gen J's Florida activities. A strategic placement in Orlando allowed students campaigning for Rubio to also reach 24,000 voters on Webster's behalf. Democrat incumbent Alan Grayson, who made national headlines with his "Taliban Dan" ad, was defeated by 18 points.

NH-1 - Generation Joshua received a unique reception in New Hampshire. Unlike other states, voters here enjoyed phone calls and willingly engaged in long, animated discussions. A separate office was secured for Gen J's campaign activities, and five college students led the team as they manned street corners with homemade signs, knocked on 1,500 doors, and made 55,000 phone calls. As a result, Republican Frank Guinta's message of fiscal responsibility and limited government resonated with the voters. He soundly defeated two-term incumbent Carol Shea-Porter with 54% of the vote. 

WI-8 - "Reid the roofer" Ribble garnered 55% of the vote in a historically conservative area held by two-term incumbent Steve Kagen. Due to countless acres of state and federal land, the team was split between the metropolis areas of Appleton and Green Bay. Gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker and state GOP Chairman Reince Priebus met with the students, and TV stations zeroed in on the amazing story of Generation Joshua's 98,351 voter contacts.

TX-23 - Francisco Canseco defeated seven-term incumbent Democrat Ciro Rodriquez by five points in a purple district where Latinos make up 65% of the population. America's eighth-largest geographical district, the twenty-third stretches from the outskirts of El Paso to the San Antonio city limits. Despite the district's rural setting and sparse population, 38 Gen J students completed 26,000 phone calls while also knocking on 25,000 doors.

MD-1 - After losing by 3,000 votes in the Democrat wave of 2008, Andy Harris easily won his rematch with Frank Katrovil by 13 points. Gen J students deployed in Annapolis and Salisbury reached 62,000 voters on his behalf.

WA-3 - Jamie Herrera easily defeated her Democrat rival without even mentioning her minority heritage. Not only is Jamie Hispanic, but she is also a home-school alumna and the first to become a member of Congress. Though home-schoolers can be hard to find amidst Washington's entrenched liberal elite, it was only fitting that twenty-one students rallied to Herrera's historical campaign. Their efforts resulted in 63,123 voter contacts.

In other key races of interest, 88 students were deployed to Nevada for Sharron Angle, and 67 were brought into Colorado by American Crossroads for Ken Buck. And a California team of 67 students worked on Van Tran's congressional race in Orange County, California.  

Nationally, Generation Joshua's SAT teams contacted over 800,000 voters, and their candidates ultimately won fourteen races and lost five, with two still awaiting recounts. Six of the candidates were minorities, and five were homeschooling parents.

Both Tom McClintock and Geoff Davis, Congressmen from California and Kentucky, respectively, insist they could never have won without Generation Joshua. They are probably right.

In an election's crucial final days, Gen J's Student Action Teams are the difference factor. These experienced and highly efficient groups are strategically deployed to areas where high voter turnout is crucial for GOP success. Politically astute and educated at home, they are the hope and future of America.

"Generation Joshua is the answer to ACORN."
 - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann 

Josiah Cantrall is the Young Republican Midwest Regional Director. He is a home-school graduate and has twelve siblings. http://on.fb.me/jcantrall

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