Obama's Team Comes to NC

The Obama Team hit NC today to start laying the groundwork for their campaign operations here. By standing in for a well-connected friend, I managed to attend. We heard a great presentation from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and some of their top fundraising staff.

Dome already scooped me with gossip on some of the heavy-hitters who were there. But I want to tell you about some of the more interesting details.

We got a great overview of the delegate math. They feel that if they can win or pull a draw in Texas and Ohio the race should be over. Basically if they can net delegates on March 4, it would be nearly impossible for Clinton to win enough delegates. Of course they hope she'd pull out. If not, they're planning for a long hard fight.

More tidbits on delegates and moving forward:
-If Hillary can't win after March 4, they hope that Pelosi, Gore, Edwards and other party leaders will pressure her to withdraw.
-If the race continues on after March 4, they plan to have field organizers on the ground in North Carolina by mid-March.

Fundraising:
-Over 940,000 people have now donated to the campaign (200K new donors in January alone).
-Only 2.4% of their donors have maxed out.

What's more amazing than their fundraising numbers is that over 50% of their donors also volunteer for the campaign. I'm so impressed with their strategy to organizing. Plouffe said the reason why they do the huge events (like the one at NCCU) where 5000 people pay $25 is that they know those donors will also volunteer. Those events are the beginning of their field organizing in any given area.

I'm not a big donor (I work for the local school district!), but I'm committing to raise $10,000 for the campaign. I'm very excited about electing Barack Obama to be our next president. If you want to help me meet my goal, just let me know.

I've got lots more to tell (especially about poll numbers and Plouffe's thoughts on down-ticket impact), but I'm off to the Carolina Hurricanes game. Post your questions and I'll answer them after the game!

Comments

Here's some quick poll numbers

They think Obama polls about 48-52% vs. McCain in NC. Clinton polls in the low 40's. When a presidential candidate drops below 40% it's disastrous for down-ticket races.

Thanks for the update, Graig

I'm in NYC ... really wanted to be there. It sounds like their taking NC very seriously.

Great info, Graig

Thanks for reporting back here.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Thank you Graig.. This is important for all of us to track

the coattails from the Presidential race are going to effect every single candidate in North Carolina in one form, or another.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

If Hillary drops out

IF Obama can win Texas or Ohio and she drops out after March 4th I hope that Obama will come to NC and visit the state before the May primary.

I think both NC and Virginia will be in play with Obama as the nominee and a couple of visits here could excite the base, bring in unaffiliated voters, and boost primary turnout for Democrats.

Was this scenario discussed?

No commitments were made

If our race matters, he'll certainly be here before the primary.

In the general election, they do think they have a shot to take North Carolina if large numbers of unaffiliated voters turn out.

I can confirm

I talked to Doug Wilson tonight, the regional field director for the northern part of SC, and he also said that the campaign is pretty much waiting to see what happens in Ohio and Texas and will open up offices in NC soon after that, unless Hillary gives up.

Of course you don't have to wait until then to get involved!

Right now we need everyone to make phone calls into Ohio and TX. The easiest way to do that is to sign up at my.barackobama.com. There's an excellent tool on there that gives you phone numbers and walks you through a script depending on what people answer you on the phone. Even if you can only make calls for an hour or so a week, you are making a big difference!

You can also attend one of the many events that are being organized all over NC and connect with local Obama supporters.

And for the really crazy people, like me, there's always the opportunity to go to Ohio and help the campaign out. I'll be working in Cleveland March 1st through the 4th.

Together, we can!

I guess my son is crazy...

as he and some of his fellow College Dems are going to Ohio this weekend to help out!

Conscious evolution, it's what turns me on. There's got to be a difference between right and wrong.-DTB

Conscious evolution, it's what turns me on. There's got to be a difference between right and wrong.-DTB

I'll let Elizabeth Dole answer that

On february 19th she said this:

Dole, who is running for re-election to the Senate seat she's held since 2002, said that a Clinton nomination would help the GOP.

"I think that if Hillary Clinton is the nominee it will draw out a lot of Republican voters in the state of North Carolina, no question about it," she said.

You can listen to the whole interview The Dome had with her on their site.

Pizza!Beer!Obama!

I'm TERRIBLY terribly terribly jealous of those able to attend Pizza!Beer!Obama! in Asheville. Those are like, my three favorite things.

Working across the aisle.

I'm leaning Obama because of the damage a brokered convention with Clinton winning would do to the party. But, I hope he is ready for the reality of dealing with Republicans. Bill Clinton had to learn the hard way that the center was not good enough for them.

"The lesson is liberals are to be defeated. You cannot walk across the aisle with them. You cannot reach across the aisle. You cannot welcome their media members on your bus and get all cozy with them and expect eternal love from them."
-- Rush Limbaugh on the NYT McCain story

Watch the first 1 minute and 10 seconds of this video.

Then, watch the beginning of this video about FISA, illegal wiretapping, and liability; and watch the Republicans versus the Democrats.

This is who he will be working with in less than a year, I don't see them changing their feathers.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The blog post I lost earlier this week got into this.

I have no interest in Obama reaching across the aisle to Rush Limbaugh or anyone like that. But there are people I play old time music with at fiddle conventions who I was told in the 1990s were stupid, ignorant, sexist, racist rednecks who just had to be pounded into submission. They've been told by talk radio that I'm a lazy, communist, elitist, arrogant liberal who hates America. And yet, we have a blast playing "Old Joe Clark" and drinking cheap beer together, getting progressively dirtier in the mud and dust at the Veterans Park in Mt. Airy.

I'm tired of politics under which I have to be constantly suspicious of them and they of me. Therein lies the attraction of Obama's message of "unity over division," or however you want to interpret it.

I spent a long time a earlier expressing this as passionately as I could, and my browser proceeded to eat the post. This is as much as I could get out following that.

What was Nancy Pelosi reading?

Second video....first round of applause. She's not hiding it. Maybe it's a copy of the speech.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Durham County for Obama is starting to get going

I'm just on the mailing list -- haven't done anything yet.

Here's a radical thought -- what if, despite having wrapped up the campaign, Obama came and spent two or three days in NC in advance of the primary as preliminary campaigning and organization building? I think if he showed that kind of concern for a "red state" he didn't need, and our down-ticket races, it would take me from "he's my choice in this race" to "ready to walk through a brick wall for this campaign."

with you on that one.

That would be a huge show of faith in the grassroots.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I think that's a good possibility

They didn't make any commitments yesterday, but I think this could happen.

Another somewhat amusing part of the conversation was a brief foray into a list of "surrogates" who are willing to make presentations on Obama's behalf. The list is mainly celebrities and politicians. Someone said that they had seen Stevie Wonder's name on the list and had asked if he could come perform at a house party fundraiser. The campaign asked, but Stevie said no. Bummer.

I think that's probably true

There are a number of Edwards supporters who have yet to decide. It was devastating to a lot of us when he decided to drop out. However, for me, it wasn't too far to go to find myself in Obama's camp. In hindsight, I was halfway there already.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Choosing Obama..after JE stepped out, was a natural transition

Obama represents almost all of the objectives , passion and hope for America that John Edwards brought to us all and energized us with.

I too have moved to Obama support and I believe America is going that way as well.

Our best days are before us and I am excited, motivated and ready to be part of it all.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03