Obama Re-election Team Focuses on Ground Game

Friday, 24 Aug 2012 01:00 PM

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President Barack Obama’s re-election team has put together a large network of workers and field offices across the country in an effort to push him over the top in the fall, The Washington Post reported.

In Nevada, the campaign has 200 people organizing volunteers and registering voters to GOP challenger Mitt Romney’s 40. In Ohio, the state Democratic Party has 300 people on the payroll, almost four times as many as the Ohio Republican Party, the Post reported.

An examination of campaign spending by the Post found that Democratic campaign workers outnumber their GOP counterparts nearly three to one, according to a Washington Post analysis of campaign spending reports. Meanwhile, the Romney campaign is focusing on advertising, stockpiling money for an ad blitz after the party conventions and may outspend the Democrats two to one.

GOP officials tell the Post that the staff numbers to not reflect the number of volunteers they have.

“The Obama campaign is quick to tout how many people they have on payroll, but they don’t seem to be doing anything,” Rick Wiley, the RNC’s political director, told the Post. “It is really expensive to put field staff and offices in there. I can only imagine how much money they’re burning through.”

Nonetheless, Democrats noted that in Nevada, they have registered 17,464 voters since January, compared to 9,747 new voters who identified themselves as Republicans.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of a ground game in a state like Nevada,” Zac Petkanas, senior communications adviser to the state’s Democratic Party, told the Post. “We showed what it could do in 2010 against all odds, and before that in 2008.”


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