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Obama v. Romney: The grass roots campaigns ramping up in Fla



One thing Barack Obama did not have to contend with in Florida four years ago was a robust grass roots campaign fueled by eager volunteers. This year the Mitt Romney campaign and Republican National Committee are touting an energized base and a formidable ground operation in must-win Florida.

They have more than 40 "Victory" offices open across Florida and several more opening soon. On "Super Saturday" last weekend, Republicans say volunteers made more than a quarter million voter contacts in Florida by phone and knocked on more than 30,000 doors.

Another thing Obama did not have to contend with was a well-funded rival. In July alone, the Romney campaign reports raising more than $101-million. That included $6.8-million from more than 46,000 Florida donors - in a month when Romney did not visit the state, but Barack Obama, Michele Obama and Joe Biden made multiple appearances.

So what's the Obama campaign up to? Plenty. Thousands of volunteers are spreading the word that the Obama administration has cut $3,600 in taxes for typical families, working out of 39 offices across the state. A bunch more Obama field offices are poised to open this week:


New Port Richey       
5647 Pine St   
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Boynton Beach          
3200 S. Congress, 104           
Boynton Beach, FL 33426


St. Augustine 
Depot Plaza 3149 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Suite 1       
St. Augustine, FL 32084


Gainesville NW
2727 NW 43rd St, #4B          
Gainesville, FL 32606

2001 Tyler St, Unit #8           
Hollywood, FL 33020

1820 Drew St 
Clearwater, FL 33755


Orlando South           
9521 South Orange Blossom Trail, #104       
Orlando, FL 32837

Pinellas Park   
6537 Park Blvd          
Pinellas Park, FL 33781


Coconut Grove          
3250 Grand Ave        
Miami, FL 33133

201 N 1st St   
Immokalee, FL 34142

704 W Madison St     
Tallahassee, FL 32304


[Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 4:45pm]


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