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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  1. Electress

    John G. why should she speak to his religion? Why didn't 60 minutes ask her about her religion, ever think of that? Maybe the question should have been on the consitution regarding religious freedom
    in this Country. Maybe 60 minutes should have asked her why
    women aren't allowed to be bishops, elders, and in leadership
    positions in the Churches throughout this Country.

    Maybe the question should be about Churches who are political
    activist, whereby the sermon is all about who the members should
    be voting for. Maybe the question should have been about those
    Mega Churches and the millions upon millions that are tax exempt,
    and the many unsuccessful based faith programs across this

    Maybe the question should have been about men who are abusing
    our children, and how we should address the many abuses of the

    Shame on 60 minutes for not asking the real questions of Churches
    that are degrading to our Counrty.

    March 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Vera

    Where are the taxes? Is it true she received about 80M from Arab countries and that's why she won't release her taxes. Everybody wants to talk about Obama's middle name, lets talk about money which we all know is much more interesting. Follow the money. Oh, and by the way, it would be shameful to look at two states that the democrats agreed not to campaign in to get the numbers up for the Hill. Not fair already the fact that she went and said, "I'm not here to ask for your vote, but to thank you for your vote," she didn't keep her word and that was the most upsetting thing to me. American wants to be able to trust and believe in the new president. Hillary has distorted many Obama facts to her own demise. Stop! Hillary you cannot beat him by a 60% margin in either state and you are killing the party. Stop!

    March 3, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    As a native Ohioan whose father worked in the steel mill for many years when things were booming, change is a must. Ohio was prosperous and people had jobs and could feed their families, it saddens me to see Ohioans without jobs, without hope. Ohio, Obama can bring back the hopes and prosperity that I was afforded as a child. Vote Obama, your family is counting on you.

    March 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. jp/michigan

    Well he has paid ground troops, whose job is to call or knock on doors. Take voters to the polls then check after to make sure they voted. Courtesy of special interest groups, Move On and Vote Hope.

    March 3, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Charles

    After she actually falls further behind in delegates tomorrow, Hillary needs to leave the presidential race and do what is best for the Democratic party. This constant mudslinging only helps the GOP!

    March 3, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. CB

    GOD Bless the troops in the trenches for Obama, I too liked Clinton before the nomination process began. Hope, change and feeling part of the nomination process changed my support to Obama.

    March 3, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. K. Pack - Humboldt, TN

    The "Neighborhood" will best "Hollywood" any day of any week in any campaign. Prospective voters want actual human intervention not scripted, Hollywood scenarios designed to "scare the vote" out of you.

    March 3, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Vig

    Ground Troops? Is this a reference to warfare? I think using the term "ground troops" to define any part of Obama's campaign is an oxymoron. Obama is anti-military that's one of the reasons he keeps bragging about his not voting for the Iraq war. Actually, that seems to be what Obama does best – brag.

    March 3, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. acenl

    The experince Clinton has is her ability to agree with issue she don't agree with. Is this how Ohio thinks someone in command should do things?

    March 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Elaine Nagle

    Senator Clinton's campaign is reflecting disorganization and in-fighting. Senator Obama's campaign is a work of art. Is this an omen about who would run the White House and the nation most effectively?

    March 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. DYW

    We Democrats MUST stick together!!! The Republicans are eating this up.

    I am an Obama supporter, although not from the start. I live in Texas, was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and am delighted to be involved back in the political process again.

    I am a little disenchanted with Hiliary because:

    1) I believe she will do anything for HER to win, but not necessarily the party.

    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Faye

    I was an obama supporter, but I get tired of hearing that he did not vote for the war in Iraq and that his wisdom in being against the war makes him ideally suited to be the democratic nominee, if not president. Why?
    -1 – he was not a senator at the time and was not privy to the intelligence presented to the Senators. Professing clairvoyance makes him less credible in my book. We want to know is what he will do about it.
    -2 – Sen. Clinton, although one of the Senators who voted to authorize the war in Iraq, presented a recommendation on the floor to allow the inspectors to finish their work – that recommendation was rejected.
    -3 – Sen. Clinton should not have to apologize for the war. She acted based on the intelligence presented to her and the other senators who now endorse Sen. Obama. If the facts have changed since then, she has shifted her position to apply to the facts as she knows it.

    I believe Sen. Obama should not try to discredit Sen. Clinton's foreign policy experience based on this issue alone, particularly when he has failed to hold oversight meetings for Afghanistan. He has other merits to his character that his campaign should highlight.

    March 3, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. leo

    Hillary must know that her nasty campaigning is hurting the democratic party. Hillary. it is stupid to have a superiority complex against someone who is clearly superior to you in every respect. Do the democratic party a big favor. If you end up trailing in pledged delegates after tomorrow's primaries/caucuses, show some dignity and throw in the towel. I know it will be difficult for you to hold your head up after this (since you were so nasty in recent weeks0, but you can do it. You did it when your husband was unfaithful. Dont degrade yourself anymore!!!

    March 3, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Jay

    Obama gaining the backing of the teamsters and boiler makers should have helped him gain quite a significant number of "ground troops" in Ohio. The boiler makers that I was chatting with last time I was in Ohio (September) were really pulling for Edwards to be the nominee and my guess is if he’d backed either candidate it might have pushed them more towards voting for that candidate. I’d brought up Obama at the time and was told it was impossible so it was a fairly pleasant surprise to find out they were endorsing him.

    I’m hoping Obama does well tomorrow since his ability to pull independent and republican voters away from the republican base makes him the more viable democratic candidate in my eyes.

    March 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Other Presidential candidates do find time to conduct other business than just campaigning for the Presidency.
    But not Obama, for over one year he could not chair even one committee meeting. His reasoning he wants us to believe was his running for President.
    I believe it was, since actions speak louder than words, and holding a meeting would meam actions were needed and Obama is such a good talker, it's easy and safer to just talk the talk, than to walk the walk.

    March 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Gary

    You Obama voters will regret it if he makes office.When are world gets took over by race and it falls hard dont whine.I see 50s-60s repeating itself but worst.He has already started dividing our countries people.We will have the worst civil war this country ever seen. You want change you will get it ,but not what your expecting. You knocked and slammed the only one that was qualified to be leader.I dont feel sorry for this country when it falls.You Americans decided to vote in a canadate with nothing to show but a big mouth. He will sell us out like hes buying you voters. concern viet nam vet .God help us all

    March 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. wordslinger, chicago

    Clinton and Obama true believers deserve each other. They're all children thinking if they just get their way, everything will be okay. Grow up, America. Lot of work to be done.

    March 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Obama follower

    If those who are giving the phony anti-semitism business again, try to listen to last week's debate, please.

    Being pro-Palestinian doesn't equal anti-semitic, either. Bill Clinton and Bush have pretty much done the same (two state solution, etc.)

    March 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. democracynow2008

    Hillary needs to have double digits to do well in Ohio and now the margin of lead is so close that even if she wins Ohio she loses.
    I believe that Senator Obama can still take Ohio and win it by about 2-3 points over Clinton on Tuesdays Primary those that are thinking in Ohio of voting for Clinton but really like Obama I feel when they go in that voting booth will see the light and vote fo Senator Obama realizing this Country needs real change in Washington after 8 years of fear and failed policies by the Bush Whitehouse.
    Hillary if she wins Ohio will not have that big win to leap her ahead .
    Its time after Tuesday for Clinton to Unite with Obama and allow Senator Obama the ability to beat Seator McCain.
    Go Obama Yes We Can in Ohio.

    March 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Jed in Texas

    dont forget to clean out the Senate.60 votes are needed to get anything changed these days.

    March 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. js

    True change rests with the people.....I agree with Obama that you cannot pick and choose which experience you want....such as supporting NAFTA, privatizing Sallie Mae under Bill Clinton in 1997, supporting, then retracting support for drivers licenses for illegals, saying you voted for Iraq, but hoped it would fail......

    March 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. karen

    don't hate the players, hate the game.
    don't hate, particpate.

    Hillary '08

    March 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Michael

    Guess these Obama volunteers feel like they have been misled. There was no reason for Obama to speak to Canadian officials at this time. The campaign is not over and the general election has not yet begun. This is the arrogance that is currently being exposed by the Obama campaign. I hope this is addressed by the media in detail, even if Clinton does not get back in this race. People from Ohio should pay close attention to this behavior – snake oil salesman.

    Do not count your Obamas before they hatch.......

    Hillary for President!

    March 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Michael

    Excellent post NOWAY. The truth is important.

    Just say Nobama to the snake oil salesman.

    March 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. kentucky

    Hillary had her her chance to do somthing for the last 35 years and has done nothing except get rich with deals like NAFTA that she approved of until recently. What about tax returns?? Lets have a president we can be proud of for a change. vote for OBAMA!!

    March 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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