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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Obama campaign to open two more offices in Virginia

President Obama’s reelection campaign is opening two more offices in Virginia this weekend as it ramps up its effort in the swing state.


President Obama talks about American energy at Prince George's Community College in Largo on Thursday. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

On Saturday, former representative Tom Perriello’s mother, Linda, will help open an office in Danville. The next day, House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) will be on hand for the Charlottesville grand opening.

In the past four months, the campaign has opened offices in Fairfax County, Newport News, Petersburg and Fredericksburg. Richmond is home to the headquarters.

The campaign has more than a dozen staffers in every region of the state, including Northern Virginia, some of whom have been here for more than two years through Organizing for America. It has held more than 7,500 events since April, staffers say.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic candidate to carry Virginia in 44 years, but in the years since, Democrats have lost ground.

He opened almost 50 offices, even in sparsely populated regions, dispatched more than 250 paid staffers and recruited thousands of volunteers to knock on doors across the state.

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