Local Obama organizers feel jolt from Iowa

01/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
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One of the big stories in Barack Obama’s smashing victory in Iowa last night was the number of new people who ended up participating in the Caucus – approximately 72 percent of his support came from those who had never previously caucused. Many of those new voters were young people.

Patrick Cannon is a co-chair of the Tampa Bay O-Train, a local activist group that has been knocking on doors in the area for Obama since last spring. He worked on Howard Dean’s campaign four years ago, and says Obama has learned from Dean’s mistakes in Iowa.

The Florida Democratic Presidential Primary has been shrouded in controversy because no delegates will be apportioned, a penalty levied on the state party by the Democratic National Committee for moving the date of the election into January.

Obama, like virtually all of the other Democratic candidates, has signed a pledge not to campaign in Florida before the South Carolina Primary takes place, on Jan. 26. Floridians will vote three days later.

Cannon says the Illinois senator's success on Thursday night will help him begin making up ground on longtime Florida frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Cannon says if anybody locally wants to get involved in the Barack Obama campaign, they can sign up at Obamaotrain.com.

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