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Behind-The-Scenes Of Gohmert Campaign

"Gohmert for Congress."

That's the answer you hear when you call Louie Gohmert's campaign headquarters.

"Good afternoon, this is Ralph Hendrix, a volunteer calling for Judge Louie Gohmert."

Dozens of volunteers come through the office everyday with one common goal: getting voters to the polls.

"It's fun," Hendrix said. "People are all of one accord. We're all Louie Gohmert, Republicans."

Most of the volunteers, even before joining the campaign, knew the man and his mission.

"A chief justice who's earned a reputation for being tough on crime," Hendrix said.

Hendrix and his wife, Gloria, have gone to church with the Gohmert family for 20 years.

"Thank you kindly," Gloria tells a constituent on the phone, before hanging up.

"I could tell by your voice how he's going to vote," Ralph said.

They get some yes'es, some no's, some undecided, and some answering machines.

"Louie will stand with President Bush on the war on terror," a volunteer tells someone on the phone. "He will reduce our taxes."

"It's going to get intense," Mollie Herrington, another volunteer, said. "We're working hard."

And there's more that goes on beyond these walls. Hundreds of volunteers go on Saturday walks and campaign door to door.

"I go put up yard signs when people call in and want a yard sign," Ross Meek said. "I don't mind working for someone who has good morals and is a good Republican and is a conservative."

"The support's been overwhelming, and the energy around here's been great," Keats Norfleet, Gohmert's campaign manager, said.

He says the abundance of volunteers has made his job a lot easier, not to mention Gohmert's.

"If you don't do everything you can before that deadline, then you might be kicking yourself on November 3rd," Norfleet said.

The volunteers say they're counting on a victory party, come November 2.

Gohmert is running against Democratic incumbent Max Sandlin. Tomorrow night on KLTV 7 News at 10, we'll take a look at the Sandlin campaign and what his volunteers are doing to keep him in Congress.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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