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Republicans Try to Build the Party

Anita Kumar

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John H. Hager anounced today they are leading an effort to build the party's grassroots organizations across the state.

The effort calls on local Republican committees to double their membership lists by Labor Day. Those that do will receive extra money to support their activities, including get-out-the-vote efforts for the November elections.

"Reaching out to those Virginians who share our principles and getting them involved is essential to strengthening the Republican Party and winning elections," Hager said. "This initiative reflects the unity within the party and will pay dividends not only in 2008, but in years to come as well."

Republicans candidates on the ballot this November will be running for president, U.S. Senate and Congress.

"Recent elections have made it abundantly clear that Virginia is a competitive state,'' said McDonnell, who is expected to run for governor next year. "To be successful in future elections we must have a party that is robust, active and constantly growing."

Bolling said the plan's goal is to help local Republican committees recruit a new generation of volunteers who will help get the message out and get people to the polls.

"To win any election you have to have a good air war and a good ground war," Bolling said. "The air war is television, radio and mass mail. The ground war is an energized and motivated group of volunteers at the grassroots effort who are willing to do (literature) drops, put up yard signs, knock on doors and work the polls on Election Day."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 8, 2008; 1:34 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Robert F. McDonnell  
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