Yesterday, it is widely reported, the Tories had a 'mass canvass' here in Brighton Kemptown. Some of their sitting MPs, and supporters from elsewhere in the country, braved the wintry weather for a day out by the seaside - and were met by a handful of local Tories (they really do exist, apparently, even here in Kemp Town!) when they got here.
Nothing's in the bag here - and that's why everyone seems to be trying so hard.
But to be honest no-one I meet on the doorstep is very interested in a few visiting MPs. It's policies they want to hear about, policies that will make Britain a fairer place in the long-term, policies that will create jobs, cut climate change emissions, protect our much-loved public services - and defend local interests here in Brighton. I can't therefore imagine the big guns' flying visit will have made much difference.
Poor old Charlotte Vere must be feeling a bit dejected about it all though: Brighton Pavilion wasn't on the list of key marginals singled out for national attention - and given that the sitting MP's Labour, and the Greens are ahead in the polls - it looks like she's been abandoned and won't be benefiting from Ashcroft's millions, or Cameron's campaigning, at all.