Obama volunteers prepare for primary

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 6, 2008


Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., are organizing in Selma, preparing to take their message to the Black Belt.

The meeting brought in another 25 volunteers.

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On the heels of Obama’s showing in the Iowa Caucus, Dulaney said they wanted to continue the momentum at the local levels on the heels of Obama’s showing in the Iowa caucus.

Alabama’s presidential election primary is Feb. 5, moved up from its usual November date, and volunteers are at the ready.

The $25 a plate luncheon will be hosted in the home of Rosa Honor

in Orrville.

A fourth campaign office is slated to open in Mobile this week. Campaign offices are already open in Montgomery, the state headquarters, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

During the 2004 presidential election, President George W. Bush received nearly 40 percent of the votes cast in Dallas County, and Democratic hopeful John Kerry received 60.2 percent of the vote.

Obama visited Selma in February 2007, as did Sen. Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton, during the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

Obama mentioned Selma in his victory speech in Iowa last week.

Supporters said they have not heard if the senator will return to Selma before the primary. They said their focus now was getting out voters.

Supporters are going to the local colleges, registering voters and signing up volunteers. Volunteers will work a phone bank, provide rides to the polls and serve as poll watchers.

Ann C. King said the possibility of electing America’s first black president in her lifetime meant change is possible.