The remnants of President Barack Obama's 2008 political organization in North Carolina will begin to swing into action Saturday by beginning to organize for the mid-term elections.
Organizing for America, an arm of the national Democratic Party, plans to hold 70 events across the state including canvassing neighborhoods and operating phone banks, Rob Christensen reports.
This is the beginning of a five-month effort to persuade the 842,000 first-time voters in the 2008 election to return to the polls in November, according to Lindsay Siler, the state director for Organizing for America.
“If Organizing for America is able to turn out even a small percentage of those who cast their first vote (in 2008) it will make a huge difference,” said Siler.
The effort also seems designed to keep the Obama political machinery well-oiled for his 2012 re-election campaign. North Carolina voted Democratic in 2008 for the first time in 32 years, but it was by a narrow margin.
Siler said the Democratic effort is designed to help the entire Democratic ticket including efforts to defeat Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, congressional and legislative races as well as local races.
This is part of a $50 million mid-term election effort being funded by national Democratic Party.
Organizing for America has had a small staff in North Carolina for the past year and an office in Raleigh. It is about to open a second office in Charlotte.
Jeremy Bird, the national deputy director of Organizing for America, said a special effort would be made in North Carolina.
"North Carolina is a very important state to the president in 2010," Bird told a group at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in April, according to YES! Weekly."
"We'll see the president come here and all (resources) committed to growing our grassroots support throughout the state."