Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sweet Victory



By Robert O'Donnell

Charleston, S.C.


Hey, it’s Robert O’Donnell checking back in. Sorry it’s been over a week since my last post, but I’ve been on the road for the last few days. But first I’ll address Senator Obama’s decisive 28-point victory in the Palmetto State, South Carolina.

The last few days before the election were extremely long days filled with a lot of back and forth between both the Clinton and Obama campaigns. There was a heated debate where all three candidates claimed to be the victor following it, and all three candidates spent significant time campaigning throughout South Carolina. But in the end, our superior field organization and message carried the day to one of the most historic victories in South Carolina history.

It was an incredible day where all the planning and preparation we had put into recruiting volunteers, opening up offices, and reaching out to communities came together in one seamless Get Out The Vote operation. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Barack supporters flooded to the polls, breaking turnout records. Senator Obama received more votes than people who actually voted in the Democratic primary in 2004. He even beat John McCain who won the Republican primary in vote totals by over 100,000 in a state that is historically Republican leaning.

The entire staff was overjoyed when the called the election at 7 p.m. when the polls closed. We all gathered together at a local restaurant to celebrate the victory. Anyways, I have just arrived in Richmond, Virginia to work on the February 12th primary. We have a lot of work to do, but we are extremely excited about the opportunity to work here in Richmond and the surrounding areas. However, it is now time to get some rest, I’ll check back in later in the week to give you a feel of how we are doing in Virginia.
-Rob O’Donnell

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