12/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mailbag: Live From The 'Bowels Of Conservatism'

We want your stories! What was your voting experience like? What interactions have you had with the campaigns? Are you volunteering for a candidate? Have you received any last minute robocalls or campaign mail? Let us know what's happening in your neck of the woods: email vote@huffingtonpost.com

Pam, from Amherst, VA, writes:

I'm 47 years old and this is the first presidential campaign with which I've become involved. I was raised in a Republican household and even voted for Reagan....twice....I was young and naive...

I've been volunteering in Amherst, VA and trust me it is the bowels of conservatism and Republicanism around here. across the river is Jerry Falwell's "knowledge" college and central and southwest VA are Republican strongholds...the counties around here (including Amherst) went for Mike Huckabee in the Republican primaries just to give you an idea of what we deal with everyday.

I have been encouraged though by the number of Obama signs I see throughout the county. I was phone calling one day and spoke with a 90 year old woman who was voting for Obama. I canvassed one Sunday afternoon and spoke with a gentleman whose grandfather was the only African-American who would vote because of the poll tax; the other African-Americans around here stayed home.

I went to the Obama rally in Roanoke and watched grown men and women cry when Senator Obama walked up on the stage. And we looked at each other (I'm Caucasian) and said who would have thought we would see this in our lifetime....

It's just little things like that that give you the impetus to keep on calling and walking. We did have a couple of our canvassers chased by a McCain supporter on a riding lawn mower..we all thought it was humorous.

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