Obama Shifting Resources To North Carolina From Georgia

Democrat Barack Obama's campaign has pulled ads running in Georgia and shifted some of its paid campaign staff from Georgia to North Carolina while contending that it's not surrendering the state to Republican John McCain.

Obama has pledged to make Georgia, a Republican stronghold, a battleground for the November election, encouraged by the large number of blacks and young people who call the state home and who have been crucial to his success.

Although the changes come in the wake of tightening polls, Obama aides insist they still plan to compete in Georgia and note that two more campaign offices are set to open in the state, bringing the total to 35.

"We've got a terrific ground game there," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told reporters this week, noting that the campaign's voter registration drives in the state have added 150,000 voters to the rolls.

Georgia hasn't backed a Democrat for president since Southerner Bill Clinton in 1992.

"They are realizing this is a red state, this is a conservative state. Why spend your money where you can't win?" Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart said.

McCain lost Georgia's Feb. 5 Republican primary to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister. That seemed to suggest his support in the state was soft. But his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket has energized the state's evangelical voters.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican, said McCain would be helped along by "huge numbers of veterans and huge numbers of retired military."

"They are not going to carry Georgia," Gingrich said Wednesday. "It's just not going to happen."

Caroline Adelman, Obama's campaign spokeswoman in Georgia, acknowledged "a small number" of paid campaign workers are leaving. But she said because of their success in Georgia they are being dispatched to a state with a later voter registration deadline. Georgia has an Oct. 6 voter registration deadline and North Carolina's is Oct. 10.

"The whole idea that we are ceding Georgia is based solely on the fact that we no longer have TV ads in the state," Adelman said. "We never thought TV ads would win in Georgia ... grassroots will."

The Obama campaign has broadcast about $2 million in campaign ads in Georgia since the January primary season. A two-month-long ad campaign in the state stopped at the end of August, records show.

The Democrats' effort has been mocked by Georgia's Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue. He encouraged Democrats to spend "millions of millions of dollars" in what he said ultimately would prove to be a futile undertaking.

"Spend as much money as possible," Perdue said.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    It is a sad view downtown Market street DNC. No one flocks to get Obama bumper stickers or signs. Just an occassional passerby. Its a lonely job for the workers inside. Tad, you almost draw of a tear since it is so sad, they picked a dud, a liberal socialist just like Kerry. When will they learn. Even Biden said Hillary was a better choice for VP. She was in the middle. Obama is just too left of the American people.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Sep 10, 2008 at 09:14 PM
    Shhhh...Don't tell the fraud obama, but he was wasting his money in Georgia and he'll be wasting it here in North Carolina too. But let him waste it here instead of spending it in Colorado, Pennsylvania or Nevada where he has an outside shot. The community organizer's true colors are becoming evident to the American people. Face it libs, you picked a dud.
  • by factstater Location: washington on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    If Obama is elected he will NOT be our first BLACK president! His mother was white, so if we can call him a black man, we can call him a white man!
  • by Mr. Bob on Sep 10, 2008 at 03:54 PM
    Obama will only be wasting his time in NC.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY on Sep 10, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    Will the Democrats please tell Obama. That the job opening for Mayor of Detroit is still open. So he can just bypass North Carolina, and get out of the South all together. Better yet why don't he go back to Jakarta, Indonesia where he use to live. I am sure they need some sort of change too.
  • by meeee on Sep 10, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    Thank God. I am with XXX - people are starting to see the true Obama and realize he's a bunch of talk and lies. MCCAIN/PALIN 2008!!!
  • by XXX Location: Greenvillle on Sep 10, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    Shift all you want. You're finally starting to lose voters because people are seeing you for what you really are. NOTHING.
  • by To Bob on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    McCain used the Pig in Lipstick quote FIRST. It was shown this morning on the Today show, so don't even try to turn this around.

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