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FixCam: Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all the Fix-atics (Fix-a-philes?) out there! There are now just 64 days left before the Iowa caucuses and -- as last night's Democratic debate revealed -- the gloves have (finally) come off.

When thinking about the final two months before real votes are cast, remember one thing: the next month of the campaign is absolutely critical. Why? Because once Thanksgiving hits, it will be harder and harder for candidates to change the conventional wisdom about the race.

From Thanksgiving through Christmas and into New Year's Day voters are far more focused on getting and giving gifts than they are on politics. Many voters are also traveling out of state during the holiday season, making it harder for candidates to persuade them with television ads, direct mail pieces or even door knocks.

Knowing that, the campaigns are likely to focus heavily on identifiying their supporters and persuading undecideds over the next month. Watch the airwaves (and mailboxes) in places like Iowa and new Hampshire as the candidates seek to make a post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving push for support.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2007; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  FixCam  
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