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Monday, October 20, 2008

Obama outreach

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 6:14 AM

John Brummett reports this morning on a Barack Obama phone call to U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, a Democratic Blue Dog, whose support will be useful in an Obama administration's spending plans. Mighty nice of Ross to allow that he's comfortable with Obama now (though not comfortable enough to turn out at the LR rally held for his candidacy).

Speaking of Obama in Arkansas: My overnight e-mail included a note from an Arkansas Obama volunteer deploring the lack of Arkansas knowledge of people sent into run the small Obama office here and the fact that the Arkansas operation seemed to be concentrated mostly on getting out the vote in Missouri. A late September poll by Rasmussen showed McCain with about a nine-point lead in Arkansas and that was before further market tanking. I hate the missed opportunity and the potential impact down the ballot of a more energized turnout for the Democratic candidate. Republicans have long been counting on the McCain edge to pick up seats in the state legislature. My correspondent says Bill Clinton will be in Arkansas next weekend. Maybe he could headline a little Obama event, my correspondent suggests.

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