President Obama (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

On Saturday, the campaign will open offices in Prince William and Virginia Beach, the state’s largest city. On Sunday, it will do the same in Loudoun.

The campaign already has opened seven offices: Fairfax County, Newport News, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville and Danville. Richmond is home to the headquarters.

Republican presidential candidates, still competing for their party’s nomination, have virtually no presence in Virginia.

The Obama campaign has dozens of 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, a Democratic National Committee community organizing project. Since the launch of Obama’s re-election campaign last April, volunteers have reached out to over 500,000 Virginians on the phones and at the doors.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic candidate to carry Virginia in 44 years, but in the years since, Democrats have lost ground. The GOP now controls all of Richmond and holds a majority of the Virginia’s congressional delegation.

Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fiercely courted Virginia’s 13 electoral votes three years ago, giving the state a front-row seat to a presidential election for the first time in decades. Both candidates, as well as numerous surrogates, made repeated visits to the state and flooded airwaves and mailboxes with advertisements.

Obama’s win was attributed to a highly developed ground game and an energized base of supporters who gave him an advantage in the important get-out-the vote effort.

In what was then considered the most comprehensive political organization in modern times, Obama 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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