Obama Relies on Volunteers to Sway Texas

His campaign got a relatively late start in crucial state
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2008 12:50 PM CST
Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barak Obama,D-Ill, speaks during a Democratic primary debate hosted by Univision at the Bank Atlantic Center in Coral Gables, Fla. in this Sept. 9, 2007 file photo....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Volunteers, not the paid staff Barack Obama has relied on to win previous primaries, are at the core of his campaign in Texas, reports the Wall Street Journal. It's "like a baling wire and duct tape thing," says his campaign chief in the state. A year ago, it didn't make a lot of sense for the Obama camp to devote many resources here, but the state's emerging importance has forced a relatively late scramble, the Journal notes.

Hillary Clinton’s big lead in Texas has eroded to the point where she and Obama are dead even. She counts 130 endorsements from local politicians and a strong street-level organization that’s been building for months. Obama is hoping his pros, who arrived only three weeks ago, can take a small army of volunteers and turn them into a significant force before Tuesday's vote.