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National Democrats Add Staff to Virginia

Tim Craig

The Democratic National Committee is adding another layer of paid staff to the party's efforts to help Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) win Virginia's 13 electoral votes this fall.

The national party announced today it is funding a group called the Virginia Campaign for Change, which is designed to reach out to voters in support of Obama and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner.

Katie Ingebretson, who was a regional field director for Obama in Iowa prior to his victory in that state's caucuses, will head up the effort. Yohannes Abraham, who led Obama's get-out-the-vote campaign in Virginia's Feb. 12 primary, will be the field director. Luke Hayes is the deputy field director of the Virginia Campaign for Change.

The DNC has also hired 10 regional field directors who will work in Richmond, Fairfax, Bristol, Charlottesville, Danville, Arlington/Alexandria, Newport News/Hampton, Norfolk/Virginia Beach and Prince William and Loudoun counties.

The Democratic staffers are in addition to those are already working in Virginia directly for Obama.The Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign also has staff working on the ground on behalf of Warner and Obama.

Meanwhile, Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, and the Virginia Republican Party announced today they will be opening regional headquarters this week in Fairfax and Richmond.

McCain's Virginia headquarters has been opened in Pentagon City for nearly two months. Obama has yet to officially open a Virginia headquarters, although his top Virginia staffers are based in Richmond.

By Tim Craig  |  July 8, 2008; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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