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Normally, I can't bring myself to visit the website of the enemy, but I was curious to see just how many campaign offices the Romney team had in comparison to President Obama.  Recently, Jim Messina stated that their voter outreach effort this time around was going to, "make 2008 on the ground look like 'Jurassic Park'".

Here is the side by side comparison of campaign offices (swing states only)

                     Obama                                 Romney
Missouri            2                                          7
Michigan           20                                      22
New Hampshire  22                                       7
Minnesota         12                                      zero
Colorado           55                                      13
Florida              80                                      46
Ohio                79                                      36
Pennsylvania     39                                      18
Virginia             40                                      29
Nevada             25                                      10
North Carolina    49                                      23
New Mexico       11                                       7
Iowa                65                                       13
Wisconsin         52                                       23

TOTAL:           551                                     254

     As we can see, Obama has a greater than two-to-one advantage in terms of campaign offices.  The reason this is significant is because campaign offices are organization centers for the ground work - canvassing neighborhoods, registering voters, and getting quality face time with undecideds to explain the various policy positions of the candidates.  

     One of the things that jumps out at you by looking at this list is the overwhelming advantage Obama has in states like Colorado and Iowa, at least in terms of campaign offices.  These offices drive the get out the vote effort on election day.  The more campaign offices you have in a state, the less time each volunteer has to spend contacting people on the call lists.  Now this is not to say that just because one candidate has more campaign offices, he is guaranteed electoral success.  But in a close election, the campaign that has a better GOTV apparatus has a better chance of winning.

     In the 2008 election, I worked out of a campaign office in Henderson, Nevada.  A GOTV partner and I went out to contact voters to make sure they voted.  It was all supremely well organized.  Back then, the Obama campaign had four or five campaign offices in the Las Vegas area.  This time, they have twenty.  Mitt Romney has three.

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