Bush Campaign Optimistic About Voter Turnout

By Justin Torres | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

Austin, Texas (CNSNews.com) - As the rain came down in Austin Tuesday, Governor George W Bush's campaign staff remained optimistic about Bush's chances of winning the presidency.

According to a Bush camp spokesperson who requested anonymity, turnout in Republican strongholds in Tennessee, Florida and Michigan is exceeding expectations. "We think that our get out the vote efforts in a lot of the swing states are paying off," the spokesperson said.

Bush kept a light schedule on Election Day, as he waited for returns with his family at the governor's residence in Austin.

Bush voted Tuesday morning at the Travis County Courthouse, then made a series of "Get Out the Vote" phone calls to Republicans in swing states such as California and Florida.

Bush told reporters that he planned to exercise later in the day at the University of Texas, take an afternoon nap and have dinner with family members, including his father, former President George Bush.

Austin remained under cloudy skies Tuesday afternoon with forecasters calling for an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, causing campaign officials into a scramble to relocate a planned outdoor Election Night rally to a local indoor arena.