Rob Miller said Tuesday he has a better Election-Day plan than in 2008, the first time he challenged Rep. Joe Wilson, R-West Columbia, for South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District seat.
The Lady's Island Democrat cast his ballot just after 8 a.m. today at the Lady's Island Airport. Then, he was off with his wife, Shane, and his son, Ransom, 8, for a whirlwind day of campaigning that will take him through every county in the 2nd District, running parallel to the Savannah River before turning east toward the Midlands. He will await election results tonight in Columbia.
But as the end winds down on Miller's second bid to oust Wilson, who has held the seat since winning a special election in 2001, he said his fourth-quarter game plan is much more polished this time around.
"There's just a lot more organization than there has been," Miller said. "Having been through this once, I realized where the gaps were in '08."
Wilson retained his seat with an eight-point victory in 2008.
Many observers predicted a tighter race after Wilson's "you lie" outburst during an address to Congress by President Barack Obama in 2009 during the height of the health care debate. Money poured into both campaigns, making this the most expensive congressional race in South Carolina history and the richest in the nation this election cycle.
Polling in mid-October indicated Wilson was up by seven points over the former Marine Corps captain.
Miller said that unlike in his 2008 campaign, he has hundreds of canvassers knocking on doors, handing out literature and encouraging people to vote in the final hours. He also is making more personal appearances.
"Campaigning at 90,000 feet might sound great, but people want to talk about what's going on in Beaufort ... what's going on in their particular area of the district," Miller said. "That's why it's been so important to get out and make appearances and talk to people."
Miller's wife said today brought more excitement than nerves.
"We've worked really hard for a couple of years, and we're excited to see the completed project," Shane Miller said.