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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:19 PM

Obama Ground Game: Obama has more money and staff in Swing States than Romney

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"Overall, the top ten swing state Democratic parties entered October having raised a combined $101 million. This compares to $52 million for these same swing state Republican parties. The Democratic parties had spent $87 million compared to $44 million for the Republican parties at the end of September, and entered October with $15 million cash on hand compared to the Republicans' $9.6 million."

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"What this means is that the supposed cash shortfall at the DNC -- $8.7 million cash on hand at the end of September compared to $86 million for the RNC -- is buttressed by their heavy funding of the state parties. This provides a huge staff that winds up funded by the state parties, but under the control of the Obama campaign and not the DNC.

"It has provided the Obama campaign a huge advantage in the number of offices in swing states and in the number of staff working specifically on federal election activity.

A Huffington Post review of campaign expenses by the Democratic and Republican state parties in the top ten swing states found that, in September, these Democratic state parties paid 3,000 staff members for federal election activities, compared to just 601 for the state Republican parties.

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The Ohio Democratic Party, unsurprisingly, is the most well-financed of the swing state parties. The party raised $18 million through September, with $13 million coming in the form of transfers from the DNC and the Obama campaign. This has helped fund 499 staffers paid specifically for federal election activity, including working in Obama for America offices, as well as 122 state offices, at least 40 of which are coordinated with the Obama campaign.

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The Republican Party in Ohio, on the other hand, raised only $9 million through September -- half the amount raised by their Democratic counterpart -- with just $5 million coming from the RNC and committees linked to the Romney campaign. They have opened just 40 offices total and, according to their most recently filed finance report, had paid just 129 staffers for federal campaign activity.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/obama-ground-game-swing-states_n_2009600.html




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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:31 PM

1. If this doesn't explain the true state of the race

I don't know what does.

Romney's status is all based on perception. He has leveraged his contacts in the media to push his narrative and advertising from Kochs, etc. to blanket the swing states.

There is no there there. And I am convinced there is no GOP voter surge. Freerepublic has convinced me of that. They are simply voting earlier instead of later.

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:31 PM

2. Oh, and thanks for the post!

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:40 PM

3. It means YOU can add value to the O efforts more easily. Find an office or activity. MAKE calls

You can add 500 to 1000 votes to the total. How? Make calls 1-2 hours per day through election day. Every voter counts. GOTV
is the most useful thing to do. High school kids can do this too. Great retiree activity Florida. GOTV GOTV

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