President Obama will appear on the ballot Tuesday among 13 other Democratic presidential candidates in the New Hampshire primary.
While an Obama victory is not in doubt, national Democrats and the president’s re-election campaign aren’t taking any chances on November.
They’re rallying for Democratic voter turnout as something of a general election dry run – an effort mirroring an organizational show-of-force during the Iowa Caucus and ones planned for each of the other primary or caucus states in the months ahead.
Obama has opened seven campaign offices across the tiny Granite State – more than any Republican candidate – including four in the past week alone.
Since April, his team of paid staff in New Hampshire has grown to around 20, a campaign official said, all collaborating to reengage the base of Obama supporters from 2008 and reach out to new voters for 2012.
Obama volunteers in New Hampshire have held more than 500 trainings, phone banks and neighborhood canvasses over the past eight months, contacting potential voters through 3,200 in-person conversations and tens of thousands of phone calls, according to the campaign.