I met the UKIP canvasser on the corner of Market Street in the heart of the town.
He was my first conversation on a day spent drawing at the by-election in the former railway town between Southampton and my home town of Winchester in Hampshire.
But the real news in town on Wednesday morning was the power cut, reported here by the excellent Eastleigh News website.
The Lib Dems hold the seat and these three activists felt they still would after the election caused by the resignation of the disgraced former MP Chris Huhne. The sunglasses perched on the head were also optimistic.
The weather was bitter and all of the activists, from whatever group, were sporting one coat and the ubiquitous hoodie. I daresay the Prime Minister would have hugged some of them if he had been about.
On foot as I was, I fear I barely scratched the surface of the campaign which extends across a large, sprawling area of developed south Hampshire but, if you are keen to know more about the place, I recommend this excellent examination of the recent town history by Owen Hatherley.
If you enjoyed my Drawnalism you can, of course, also book me to make some for you. I look forward to speaking to you.