Obama Reactivating Nevada Campaign Machine

Monday, 28 Nov 2011 03:43 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are increasing efforts to organize his re-election campaign in Nevada, where they are recruiting volunteers, holding outreach events, building social network connections, and registering voters.
Obama took Nevada in the last election by 12 points, and since Republican candidates have not focused on the state, it is not difficult for the president’s campaign to take shape, said the Las Vegas Sun.
“The organizing efforts actually have been pretty good and pretty consistent for a couple of years in Nevada,” said Chip Evans, former chairman of the Washoe County Democratic Party, a key swing county in Nevada. “To some extent, they’ve expanded the Democratic base of activists beyond the typical folks we’ve usually seen.”
Ronni Council, a Democratic strategist in Las Vegas, said the same has been occurring in Southern Nevada.
“The structure is already in place out here,” Council said. “It’s never gone away.”
The campaign won’t say how many paid workers it has in Nevada. However, the president has three campaign offices open in the state, and more than 3,000 volunteers are organizing, including making phone calls and handing out pledge cards.
Obama’s campaign has also been holding events with key groups, such as Hispanics, and is gathering union support. Several top campaign lieutenants are working to gather volunteers, and Obama himself have visited both sides of the state.
Republican candidates, meanwhile, are not working hard in Nevada. Mitt Romney seems to be the only candidate with a thriving campaign organization, and Ron Paul and Herman Cain are working on gathering volunteers.

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