Virginia Democrats will open a coordinated campaign office in Alexandria Sunday, the latest concrete step on a path that they hope will lead to a reversal of their electoral fortunes in November.
Since President Obama won Virginia in 2008, the first Democrat to do so in four decades, Republicans have scored a steady stream of victories in three consecutive elections. Now Democrats are banking that having Obama back atop the ballot will help other candidates.
Those candidates include former governor Timothy M. Kaine, the likely Democratic nominee in the contest to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D). Kaine will be on hand for the office opening Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at 5914 N. Kings Highway, as will Del. Mark Sickles (Fairfax), chairman of the state House Democratic Caucus, and Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey.
The Virginia Coordinated Campaign will allow Democrats to pool their resources to assist all of their candidates, who will likely benefit from the fact that that the Obama operation already has paid staff and offices scattered throughout the state.