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Obama, Biden Look For Votes in Prince William

Tim Craig

U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) will be in Manassas tomorrow, another sign that Prince William County is central to Sen. Barack Obama's strategy for winning Virginia's 13 electoral votes.

Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, will hold a town hall meeting on economic issues at George Mason University's Prince William campus.

Prince William has long been a GOP stronghold in presidential contests, but Obama is making a big push to win it this year. Prince William has one of the largest African American populations in Northern Virginia - about 20 percent - and it includes several increasingly Democratic suburban neighborhoods near Interstate 95. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) both narrowly won Prince William during their races.

In June, Obama kicked off his Virginia general election campaign by hosting a large rally at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Prince William County. Last month, Kaine also campaigned for Obama in the county. Obama has opened three offices in the county, an unprecedented presence by a statewide candidate, local Democratic officials say.

No word yet from the governor's staff whether Kaine - who lost out to Biden in the Democratic vice-presidential candidate selection process - will campaign with his former rival tomorrow. But Obama campaign officials say they expect that Biden, who is also going to Virginia Beach, will be traveling alone.

By Tim Craig  |  September 3, 2008; 3:48 PM ET
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Tim Kaine's not campaigning with Biden?

The Governor must be being coy. I'm sure he wants everyone to see what a good sport he is by campaigning side-by-side with the man who bested him in the Veepstakes.

Posted by: Addison DeWitt | September 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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