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Obama Names Virginia Director

Tim Craig

The man who helped orchestrate Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) victory in the Iowa caucuses will head up his campaign in Virginia, the Obama campaign announced today.

Mitch Stewart, who most recently served as Obama's Iowa Caucus director and then his Indiana state director, will take on the same job in Virginia for the general election.

"Virginia will be a critical state in this election and I am honored to take the helm of Senator Obama's team in Virginia," Stewart said. "Senator Obama has put Virginia on the map in this race, and Obama's success in the primary in February shows we can be very competitive here."

Before joining Obama's campaign, Stewart was the coordinated campaign manager for the Democratic Farm Labor party in Minnesota in 2006, when Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) won her race. In 2004, Stewart served as former South Dakota senator Tom Daschle's field director. He was also a regional field director in Iowa for former senator John Edwards' during his presidential bid in 2004.

"We're thrilled to have Mitch as the state director here - someone who has put countless hours into the Obama campaign and has fought to strengthen our party for the past 5 years," Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said in a statement.

Stewart, who also worked as Obama's field director in Texas, vows to "work day and night to build upon the grassroots organization" in Virginia.

When he arrives, Stewart will find that Obama supporters have already built a hefty political organization in the state, including more than 1,200 volunteers in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, according to Kristin Szakos, co-chair of Charlottesville Area Obama Volunteers.

By Tim Craig  |  June 13, 2008; 11:17 AM ET
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Comments

Good Luck Mitch! It's time to take back America!

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 13, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mitch Stewart is one of the reasons Obama unquestionably has the most efficient and productive state field organizations of any modern day political candidate. The proof: Obama won the Demo primary!

If anyone can help deliver Virginia to we Demos in November, Mitch is the man. Give them hell, Mitch.

Posted by: Forrest Gerard | June 13, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, you deserve it. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Dawn | June 13, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

HI

GOOD LUCK FOR U STEWART

Stewart, who also worked as Obama's field director in Texas, vows to "work day and night to build upon the grassroots organization" in Virginia.
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Posted by: Nisha edward | June 14, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

HI

GOOD LUCK FOR U STEWART

Stewart, who also worked as Obama's field director in Texas, vows to "work day and night to build upon the grassroots organization" in Virginia.
===========================================
There are a lot of sites out there showing book video. BookVideoTV, BookTelevision and of course CSPAN, but I like how BN.com and Reader's Entertainment TV have specific genre channels and original shows. There's just more to see and I can be specific in what genre I'm interested in. Anyone else watch online tv?
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NISHA
https://www.widecircles.com

Posted by: Nisha edward | June 14, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

I won't buy the idea that Virginia's truly 'In Play' until the first polls after Labor Day.

Posted by: NoVA | June 14, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Take back America? Isn't that what the War of 1812 was about?

Posted by: Historian | June 16, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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