Will Work For Obama Sign
As thousands of people streamed out of GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) rally last week in Fairfax County, nearly everyone who wanted one was handed a lawn sign.
Some McCain supporters were clinging to three or four McCain-Palin signs as they walked to their cars, an apparent effort by the campaign to bolster visibility in neighborhoods across Northern Virginia.
In a traditional election, candidates are honored - and sometimes have to beg - to have someone place a yard sign on their lawn. But Democratic nominee Barack Obama's campaign team see Obama-Biden signs as a reward that should flatter volunteers after a hard days work.
Steve Hildebrand, Obama's deputy campaign manager, sent an email to Obama's Virginia supporters tonight titled, "Volunteer and get a free yard sign."
The email was aimed at recruiting volunteers for a massive canvassing effort this weekend. To get an Obama sign, Hildebrand said a volunteer had to knock on at least 40 doors.
"After you knock on just 40 doors, make sure you stop by the office in your area to pick up your free Obama-Biden yard sign," the email stated.
Clark Stevens, an Obama spokesman, said the campaign usually requests a donation of about $3 for a yard sign because "demand often outpaces supplies."
"There is obviously a lot of excitement for Senator Obama, and sometimes the demand for yard signs and materials do outpace supplies," Stevens said. "Signs and other materials are available at our statewide offices and supporters can receive them for a small donation or in exchange for volunteering."
But in several neighborhoods in Fairfax County, the shortage of Obama signs was apparent today. McCain signs outnumber Obama signs three to one, although it's possible those neighborhoods in McLean and Fairfax City still lean Republican.
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