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Obama for America 'exporting' Hudson Valley volunteers to battleground states
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in New York state says it has a "crucial" role to play in the upcoming presidential election: just not in New York.
In a Nov. 2 memo to supporters, Robert Diamond, NY state director of Obama for America, listed the group's core missions as "exporting volunteers" -- including some from the Hudson Valley -- to Pennsylvania and Ohio, both battleground states, and mobilizing a "large-scale, national phone-banking operation" from staging locations across the state.
The memo lists dozens of phone bank locations, including Yonkers, White Plains, Nyack and Warwick, and said the operations will run from Saturday through Election Day.
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For volunteers who want to travel to Pennsylvania or Ohio, bus and carpool transportation will be available for each trip, the memo said.
A recent Marist College poll showed Obama with a 26 percent lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in New York. Obama won New York in the 2008 election with 62 percent of the vote.