The previous diary got up to #51 on reddit and attracted a few comments on dailykos. Apparently it's news that the Obama campaign hasn't abandoned Georgia, or other states, for that matter. That's because the MSM keeps saying it has:
Obama has since pulled out of those two states [Alaska and Georgia].
In context that particular article is referring to ad campaigns, although, as kos recently discovered, even that isn't strictly true: there are Obama TV ads visible at least in Georgia near Savannah.
As MNGumboGirl commented on kos's post, Georgia is still purple on David Plouffe's map; see about 1:12 and 1:44 in Plouffe's campaign update of 17 Sep.
Somebody asked on reddit what all the Obama staffers and volunteers in Georgia were doing, calling people in Florida? No, they're calling and visiting people in Georgia. Actually, in south Georgia it works more the other way around. The Valdosta office wasn't crowded yesterday because Obama was speaking in Jacksonville, and many of the regulars carpooled down there to hear him. That cardboard cutout came from Tallahassee. South Georgia and and north Florida are very similar culturally, and the big city in the region is Jacksonville. Any Obama campaign activity in north Florida is likely to affect Georgia, too.
Larry McAwful points out that georgia.johnmccain.com shows one office in Georgia, in Atlanta, but he called it mid-day Saturday and it was closed. Republican party offices around the state are being used to campaign for McCain, but McCain's own campaign seems to have zero (OK, one) offices in Georgia. Compared to 30 paid staffers and 35 Obama offices in Georgia.
Obama started with staff only in Atlanta, but his campaign eventually branched out. It's true about half the population of Georgia lives in the Atlanta metropolitan area, but that leaves the rest of us elsewhere in a state as big as RI, DE, CT, NJ, NH, VT, MA, and HI combined, or about the size of Wisconsin or Illinois. If McCain thinks he's going to win all that with one office in Atlanta and almost no ads, he may be surprised.
Want to help surprise him? Donate to the Obama campaign. Or donate to GA-Sen Jim Martin or GA-01 Bill Gillespie. President Obama will need a good Senate and House to help him end the war, make health care affordable, and deploy renewable energy. Besides, helping downticket races helps get Obama elected. ActBlue -> Candidate Directory -> GA.
If you're from some other state that the MSM says Obama has "pulled out of", help out there! Even if you're not, you can help. We are Barack, and so can you!