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Obama Opens Office in DC For Virginia

Tim Craig

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.

By Tim Craig  |  September 25, 2008; 4:17 PM ET
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Let's see, the District office for the Obama campaign in Northern Virginia can get yard signs, but the Northern Virginia campaign offices can't.

Who's running this show, Terry McAuliffe?

Posted by: NoVA | September 25, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: fluoxet | September 25, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I am just a new volunteer (for Obama in RIchmond, VA) and not in the know on the sign deal, but I am writing to just ask everyone to please stop fussing about the darn yard signs and get to work. We have a short time left and the amount of energy and face to face contact is just stunning - and that is what counts. Hell, I don't know why there are not enough signs for everyone who wants one , I suspect that they are in particular demand, but I do know how may new volunteers we see walking through the door everyday and how much people are involved! I have been canvasing all over Richmond, knocking on doors and it has been a life changing experience - the people I have met and stories I have heard. In volunteering I have met the most diverse group of people imaginable - and it has been very cool. So I think we are getting the word out and I well, it is too bad we do not have enough yard signs, but we have to keep focused on the real deal here!

Posted by: Obama volunteer in Richmond | September 27, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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