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Denny launches unprecedented outreach effort

BATAVIA –House Speaker Denny Hastert is dispatching teams of workers throughout his congressional district to register thousands of new voters.

The registration drive is the first of its kind for Hastert for Congress, and was designed as a model for similar efforts throughout Illinois.

“The stakes in this election are unprecedented – and we are not taking any chances,” Hastert said. “This will ensure that each and every day, we have people in the neighborhoods, talking with residents, and registering voters.”

Hastert launched the registration drive recently in Batavia at an orientation for two dozen campaign workers. He noted that races throughout the state are expected to be close – and new voters could be the difference between winning and losing.

The comments follow a recent visit to Illinois by Bush Advisor Karl Rove, who pointed to the state as a key to President Bush's re-election. At the same time, new polling indicates Republican Jack Ryan is surging in his campaign for U.S. Senate.

“It is important that this country continue to move forward under the leadership of President Bush and a Republican Congress,” Hastert said. “Illinois is a crucial part of making that happen – and we will continue to find new ways to get our message out, and reach new voters.”

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