March 3rd, 2008
08:30 AM ET
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Obama's success in Ohio rests ground troops

 Campaign volunteer Jeanine Michael has played a big role in Barack Obama's ground organization.

Campaign volunteer Jeanine Michael has played a big role in Barack Obama's ground organization.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) - Hillary Clinton drew the early support of much of Ohio's Democratic Party and most of its high-wattage politicians. And she was the overwhelming choice of the blue-collar workers who form much of the state's Democratic base.

Barack Obama had his own staunch - if slightly less high-profile - Ohio loyalists: Valli Frausto and Jeanine Michael.

Now the Illinois senator has national momentum, and the resources to outspend Clinton on television advertising here by roughly 2-to-1. Still, as Tuesday's primary approaches and the battleground shifts from the airwaves to the the task of turning out the vote, the passion of a candidate's ground troops, not the size of the war chest, might be the most critical ingredient for success.

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ohio
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. SharonR

    To Bad he got the union ticked on him and nobody in the msm is talking about you have been so bias and if Hillary Clinton wins it will really be something she has beentreated very ugly by Obama supporters and the media . Go Hillary

    March 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. pd4hillary

    Hey CNN,

    Where's the ticker on Obama's triangulation on NAFTA? It's been briefly mentioned, but no fully developed story. Since he tried to make the issue of NAFTA an attack on Clinton, shouldn't this be all over the airwaves? What about the Rezko trial? He's made his campaign about being holier-than-thou, this stuff should get right to the heart of who he is. After all, he was editor of Harvard Law Review, I don't think we can say he just didn't know what he was doing. If this was on the Clintons, it would be 24/7.

    March 3, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Ohio Democrat

    They better not come to this Hillary door.

    Go Hillary 2008.

    March 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. king from toronto

    well all trees grow from the root up.unite and bring americans together.yes we can.

    March 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Mad in Texas

    Ground troops smucks. This man hates the military. Don't be taken in by his lies and no answers, Just talk, talk, talk, that's all he can do. HE IS A CATFISH, 'ALL MOUTH AND NO BODY," He still has not answered what he promised the gangster REZKO for his contributions and the $300,000 the man kept him from having to pay in a real estate deal. He is a dishonest person. PLEASE TEXAS & OHIO do not be fooled by this man. He is dishonest and full of glib lies. HILLARY 08

    March 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. CNN Fan

    Think Carefuuly Before Voting:

    Obama is a proud member of the Chicago's Trinity United Church
    of Christ in Chicago.
    This church was headed by Reverend Wright Jr.
    He is on record as referring to ISRAEL as an "Apartheid State"

    Obama stated in Iowa that the Palestines as "The most oppressed
    people on this earth"

    I believe that Obama asPresident of our country would be a disaster beyond belief.

    Hillary ..................................08.............................................................

    March 3, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. tina

    luv cnn,
    obama o8
    yes we can.

    March 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. bayo ariyo

    i so much beleive this guy, and it is the time we give him opportunity to be president.

    March 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Carrie PA

    Everyday Americans against the status quo, love it! Obama 08!

    March 3, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. tina

    good grief,the kinda hate that comes from hillary supporters is alarming.its okay to support ur candidate but pls enough with the hate.
    bill clinton said in 2004 that if one candidate gives u fear and the other hope u better vote hope,thanks bill clinton for giving me the reason to vote obama and not ur fear mongering wife

    undecided voter

    March 3, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Timothy B. Robinson

    Come on, Texas and Ohio, don't let us down!

    HILLARY 2008, 2012

    March 3, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. ljbflorida

    We cannot sit back and let the Republican party take over for another 4 years. Hillary Clinton will ultimately be defeated by the Republican party come November, therefore, we need Barack Obama to keep the Democratic party's dream alive.

    yes we can!

    March 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. kamenwati

    Obama haters are a sad and pathetic bunch. Too bad you are so blinded by your own bigotry you can't see that he is an honest and inspiring candidate with much to offer this country as it struggles to recover from the last eight years under the failed Bush administration.

    March 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. WaterGate (Clintons)

    Why Hillary Don't Release Her Tax Records And For All You Obama Bashers Please Learn How Too Spell First Before You Blog

    March 3, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Darryl Arlington Texas

    Keep up the good work Ohio

    March 3, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. joe

    We gave Bush a chance and he has proven that he dosent know nothing so why cant we give Obama a chance.

    March 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. jackson shauri

    there is no way america can be managed by former president and his wife as next president ,definately with third person as vicepresident white house will be in total confusion mrs .clinton will not be able to bottle her husband. i am tanzanian i love the way americans elections are conducted.
    thanks jackson

    March 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Kimberly in Texas

    Go Obama....praying for a big victory for you in Ohio & Texas!

    CNN Fan – FYI, using your own statement, but as it relates to Hillary, let's talk about all the skeletons in her closet and the campaign fraud court case against her coming up....NO MORE OF THE SAME....time for CHANGE!

    March 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. LeftyLadig

    Can we stop with the negativity? Both candidates are worthy of the nomination. I am for Obama and believe he will get the nomination. It is my hope that Senator Clinton, if she does not make huge gains on Tuesday, will step down and support Obama and I believe that she will, for the good of the Party and the United States of America.

    March 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. king from toronto

    did anyone saw 60 minutes last night? this woman disguss me.when asked about obama being muslim.her respons as an american running for president is a big let down.

    March 3, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Radmanaustin

    yes we can!

    March 3, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Ron

    Much of the Hillary supporters are acting like the Republicans. They attack without facts. They base their attacks on rumors and hate messages. Maybe they should take a look at Hillary the same way they look at Obama. The problem is blind support instead of objective support. All the hate and venom turns everyone else off. I do not see how Hillary can attract independents to her campaign with the way some of supporters are talking. They are doing the same things they accuse everyone else of doing. The complain of BIAS, but they are the definition of bias.

    March 3, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. owl

    The establishment is backing Hillary....No doubt these are the people he is trying to CHANGE ...The power of the people wil prevail.......
    The 3:00 am call did not work , the Somali garb did not work neither will The Rezco ad .....You only have the kitchen sink left why not throw it once and for all this is your last chance Hillary ...Ickes will do it for you should you be afraid to do it ......The power of the people will prevail......

    March 3, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Joan

    It's time for the Democrats to stand united because a house divided cannot stand. All the negativity needs to stop. Mr. Obama will be the next President. I believe he is the right candidate at this time in our history. The Clintons had their turn and George Bush had his. Where is our country now. The economy, the war, no health care, poor schools, no jobs. Wake up folks and stop your nitpicking. What happens in this Country affects all of us and our children. What kind of a future would your chilren have? Stop the nonsense and stop with the hate. Lets have a peaceful finish to this primary. People should base their decision to vote on facts not negative publicity on the air. Choose the candidate that sound like he or she knows what they are talking about. For me that is Mr. Obama.

    March 3, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Malcolm Jhala (Zambia, AFRICA)

    I've been following the election 08 with keen interest. My advise to the Democrates in Ohio and Texas is if you love your party and dont want division, please end the circus by voting for Obama. If this contenst goes up to the convention, no matter who emerges as the canditate then, will be so badly bruised, leaving McCain with and easy victory, similar to the Medvedev victory in Russia. VOTE WISELY....

    March 3, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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