Virginia Democrats have ramped up their grass-roots organizing efforts by hiring a team of 30 field organizers, as well as nine more senior staffers to oversee them.

Virginia State Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran helps deliver petitions to the State Board of Elections at the Capitol in December. (Steve Helber/AP)

“This will be a very close election, and voter-to-voter contact will be key to making sure millions of Virginians know what’s at stake in this election,” said Keren Charles Dongo, director of VA Victory 2012.

Said Brian Moran, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia: “We are building an unprecedented campaign effort to carry our candidates forward this year and in the years to come and today’s new hires are a great step in that direction.”

Michael Short, Virginia spokesman for RNC Victory, said Republicans in the commonwealth “will match Democrats door knock for door knock, phone call for phone call, and volunteer for volunteer.”