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Volunteer Effort Revs Up

Sandhya Somashekhar

That call you got last night just as you were settling down to dinner? There's a good chance it came from a volunteer for one of your hardworking candidates, rallying support with less than a month to go before Election Day.

We know, because we watched some of these dedicated volunteers make those very calls when we dropped by unannounced at a couple of campaign offices yesterday evening.

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The first stop was around 5:30 at the Fairfax County GOP headquarters, a homey office suite off Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax abuzz with staffers and volunteers, among them about a dozen high school students making phone calls for community service credit.

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About an hour later we showed up at the Democrats' coordinated campaign headquarters, which took up the entire fourth floor of a mid-rise office building in McLean.

It's not exactly comparable to the GOP office we visited because it's not just a satellite field office. It's more like the mothership. About 20 to 25 staffers are there on any given day, along with a handful of volunteers, said Allison Jaslow, the Democratic Party of Virginia spokeswoman who just happened to be there for a meeting. We observed a few techy types in offices along the wall and some people busily talking on phones.


By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 8, 2009; 9:21 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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