Cleaver represents a district that has had Democratic
representation for decades.
Even Cleaver expects Turk to get more votes than ever
This is the first time Turk has had a campaign office where
volunteers can stuff envelopes and work the phones.
He's trying to ride the anti-incumbent wave.
"... that stood up with their concerns about overspending and
government not listening to them. So that was the wave that came.
What they call the Republican wave I would call a conservative
wave," said Turk.
Cleaver has beaten Turk twice, but with this year's expected
Republican victories, is he campaigning hard enough ?
"I am probably putting more energy into it this year simply
because this is an unpredictable year," said Cleaver.
Turk says the nation's stimulus spending and bailouts have cost
too much, and produced too few results.
"Unemployment figures came out just last week, and Kansas City
lost another 1,800 jobs. So I find it very hard for anybodyto claim
htat the stimulus has worked in any meaningful way," said Turk.
"I feel very good about what we did with the stimulus package.
I'm not going to apologize for saving jobs right here in the Fifth
district," said Cleaver.
This year Turk raised enough to launch his first ever TV ad.
"..if we keep sending Emanuel Cleaver back to Congress, we'll
keep getting the same results... " is part of what he says in the
Cleaver's not on t-v right now, but has the money to get into an
air-war if he needs to.
Political experts say Cleaver should win re-election.
But a recent poll showed him leading Turk by only nine points,
compared to his 28 point victory over Turk two years ago.
That makes a single digit lead look closer than ever.