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McCain Set to Open More Virginia Offices

Tim Craig

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, appears to beating Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) when it comes to announcing campaign offices across the state.

Last week, McCain and the Virginia Republican Party opened joint regional headquarters in Fairfax and Richmond. The two organizations will open offices this week in Virginia Beach and Fredericksburg. In May, they opened a main headquarters in Pentagon City.

Kevin Griffis, an Obama spokesman, said the campaign's headquarters is in Richmond but it has not yet officially opened any regional offices, although some staffers have been working out of temporary locations.

But the Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign, which plans to operate somewhat independent of Obama's effort, has already opened regional offices in Loudoun, Prince William, Alexandria, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond and two offices in Hampton Roads - one on the Peninsula and another near Virginia Beach - according to a party spokesman.

By Tim Craig  |  July 14, 2008; 12:46 PM ET
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The McCain office in Richmond is located at 2819 N. Parham Road, across from Tucker high school. So far, it doesn't have any signs out front and could be mistaken for one of Dick Cheney's "undisclosed locations."

When I was a kid, political parties put their campaign offices on main roads in buildings with big glass fronts so people could readily see them.

Perhaps there is an economic reason, but recent offices seem to be positioned in out of the way burbs, like the one on Staples Mill.

One point that deserves scrutiny by the Post and other media is how many staffers are local and how many are "rented strangers" brought here from places like Vermont, Connecticut and New York.

Posted by: J. Tyler Ballance | July 14, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Rather than focus on campaign headquarters, why not examine volunteer activity in the state. Just look at Obama's website for volunteer activity in NOVA. It's substantial. My point is that brick and morter campaign HQs may not be the best means of gauging campaign organization and get-out-the-vote efforts when it comes to the Obama campaign, which is a grassroots, ground up effort.

Posted by: Egreynol | July 15, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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