Obama Opens Office in DC For Virginia
Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty opened a local headquarters for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the District this morning.
At first glance, you may think Obama's campaign has now really gone overboard when it comes to opening offices. Dating back to 1968, no Democratic presidential nominee has received less than 75 percent of the vote in the District. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) carried the District with 89 percent of the vote in his 2004 race against President Bush.
But Obama's D.C. office will actually be focused on helping his campaign efforts across the Potomac River in Virginia, reports Washington Post reporter David Nakamura. Fenty and D.C. council members Kwame Brown and Muriel Bowser urged 200 volunteers at the office opening to get to Virginia to help knock on doors. Obama offices and local Democratic committees in the heavily-Democratic Maryland suburbs are also geared up to help turn out the vote in Virginia this year.
The DC office, located in the 200 block of Florida Ave. NW, near the intersection of 8th Street, will also have "buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs by Monday afternoon" for a small donation, Nakamura reports.
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