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Va Republicans Try to Boost Membership

Anita Kumar

In an effort to boost the army of Republican volunteers who make calls and knock on doors, Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who are running for governor and lieutenant governor next year, challenged local parties to double their membership over several months.

The results are in: Fifty-four of the 124 cities' and counties' parties met or exceeded the goal. At least thirty-two units increased membership but fell short of the goal.

Total, the exercise added more than 3,000 new members to the party, according to the Republican Party of Virginia.

Virginia Republicans have been trying to improve their on-the-ground efforts after several years of decline that led to losses in the past two gubernatorial elections, the U.S. Senate in 2006 and the state Senate last year.

McDonnell, Bolling and others called, wrote letters, and held barbecues and chili cook-offs to increase membership.

Republicans hope the new recuits will help Sen. John McCain (R) win Virginia as well keep congressional and U.S. Senate seats.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 8, 2008; 11:22 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I'll be very surprised if this last-minute uptick of membership at local Republican party offices turns the trick for McCain or the other candidates. Smacks of "too little, too late" to overcome Obama's organizational advantages.
Besides which, all those volunteers may end up with nothing to do-- the registration deadline was Monday.

Posted by: DB | October 8, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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