Republican Door-Knockers Make Startling Law Enforcement Claim

  • 2018-11-06
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
 Republican Door-Knockers Make Startling Law Enforcement Claim
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Black Republican canvassers hoping to boost GOP turnout in the Missouri Senate race claim local law enforcement have repeatedly harassed them, keeping their volunteers from knocking on thousands of targeted households in the final days of the election.

The Daily Caller's Jason Hopkins reports:
 

As the 2018 midterms enter the final stretch, Missouri remains a hotly contested battleground. National Republicans are confident state Attorney General Josh Hawley has what it takes to unseat two-term Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The latest surveys out of Missouri either have the two candidates tied or show Hawley with a small lead.

The closeness of the race has attracted outside attention. C3 PAC — a political action committee that’s focusing on key battleground states — is actively working to carry Hawley to victory. The PAC has nearly 40 canvassers in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas knocking on hundreds of doors a day — all in an effort to drive Republican voter turnout.

However, the group has been dealing with an unexpected roadblock: the police.

“We’ve had cops coming up to these kids, harassing them, telling them they cannot go door-to-door or they will be arrested,” Ryan Rhodes, who 
leads C3 PAC, said to The Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday. “[The cops] know what [our canvassers] are doing. We’ve told  them what they’re doing. The cops have been basically threatening these kids with arrest if they continue doing it.”


The alleged harassment began in late October.

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