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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Does the number of Campaign offices make that much difference

In a recent article in the RTD, it seems a iappropriate emphasis was put on the number (20) of offices the Barrack Obama campaign was opening her in Virginia. Does the number of offices really make that much different or is it the work that those volunteers IN the offices make the difference? I don't know many people that vote for a candidate based on their proximity to a candidates campaign office, it not like we're looking for subway or hamburger...well maybe it is becoming that way given the candidates running for President. From the RTD:

Virginia has not supported a Democratic candidate for president since President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964....But Obama's financial edge over Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, gives him the latitude to take a shot in traditionally Republican states where he senses opportunity....For example, Obama campaigned yesterday in Indiana, another state that has not backed a Democrat for president in 44 years....Virginia Democrats note their success in recent statewide elections for governor in 2001 and 2005 and for the U.S. Senate in 2006....The Obama campaign will open the 20 offices in these localities: Blacksburg, Bristol, Castlewood, Charlottesville, Danville, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Winchester and Woodbridge....Del. Christopher B. Saxman, R-Staunton, a co-chairman of McCain's Virginia campaign, told The Washington Post that Obama's efforts "sound like a tremendous waste of money."..."They could be a lot more effective with probably half that number," Saxman said. "It is being done to create this image of momentum and enthusiasm that frankly is just not out there."

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1 comment:

AlterofFreedom said...

I would give the campaign some "guts" if they opened offices in places like Chesterfield or Henrico given the historical voting trend data but to open in Richmond on W. Marshall Street downtown and open in downtown Petersburg doesn't say much in my view. Obama will win those areas anyway just like any other Democrat would.
My feeling after this election is liberals will want to to force a hard look at the electoral college system because there a good chance they will be 0 for 2 as Obama may just win the popular vote but lose the college count. People are all geared up over these numbers of contributions and such, but look at where this big events, like Portland and California, NY it doesn't matter how many votes he gets in those states he is going to win those electoral counts anyway so if all this major voter turnout in States where he is gonna win anyway makes little difference in the end. Had these massive voter rolls been in places like NC and GA or IND or UTAH I would be raising eyebrows b/s those historically vote GOP in national elections.
In places like CA and NY it doesn't matter in the end if he wins there by 1 vote or a million votes. McCain is not counting on those electoral numbers anyway.