Bill Enyart, the Democratic nominee for the 12th U.S. House District, got a boost Monday night from ex-President Bill Clinton, whose recorded 30-second endorsement of Enyart reached the phones of 144,000 voters across the district's 12 counties.
The voters who heard the Clinton robo-call were a mix of Democrats and undecided voters. They were selected on the basis of how well they would respond to the former President's pitch for Enyart, according to Jason Bresler, Enyart's campaign manager.
"It's folks who we thought would appreciate a message from Bill Clinton," Bresler said.
Enyart, 63, a Belleville lawyer and retired commander of the Illinois National Guard, is running in Tuesday's election against GOP nominee Jason Plummer, a Fairview Heights developer, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw, a Carbondale emergency room nurse.
The three candidates are seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is retiring after 24 years in office.