As noted in today's article, you've got groups like Common Sense Matters hiring The Strategy Group, a Washington political consulting firm, to develop mailers attacking Losurdo. Past clients for this firm include President Barack Obama, former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and current Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
You've also got the Wake County Democratic Party mounting, for them, an unprecedented field operation in an off-year election.
Before Oct. 11 alone, an $82,000 get out to vote effort allowed Wake Democrats to open offices and staging locations throughout the county including downtown Raleigh, North Raleigh, Apex/Cary and Fuquay. They had five paid field organizers, more than 1,000 volunteer shifts and more than 500 volunteers cycling through the field offices.
"We had a plan and early on we had a target of how many people we were going to reach and we exceeded that target,” said Mack Paul, chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party.
Wake Democrats reloaded and raised more money for the runoff election. For instance, all the paid full-time staffers are working on Hill's behalf now.
A Democratic field office in Apex will remain open through the runoff, despite having achieved its goal of helping Democrat Susan Evans defeat Republican school board chair Ron Margiotta.
“A lot of volunteers who worked on Susan’s campaign will be working out of that office,” Paul said.
As for Republicans, they're being tightlipped. Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Susan Bryant did not return multiple requests requesting comment.
Whether this means the Republicans think they've got a winning strategy or still don't know what to do after being swept on Oct. 11 remains to be seen.
Over at Losurdo's campaign, former school board candidate Donna Williams said they're going grassroots because they can't compete financially against all the forces working directly and indirectly on Hill's behalf.
"We’re just going to have to do what needs to be done, talking to as many people as we can,” said Williams, who is helping organize Losurdo's volunteer efforts.
Losurdo's campaign is reusing signs and encouraging volunteers to call voters from their homes.
Losurdo suggested volunteers call The Morning Rush Show and The Rush Limbaugh Show on WRDU to build buzz about the campaign. She gave the call-in numbers and suggested dialing on Fridays when both shows open up the conversation topics.