RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A big moment here in Virginia for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign today. Just like every other candidate, the president must petition to get his name on the ballot in Virginia.
"Organizing for America-Virginia" delivered petitions this morning to the State Board of Elections with more than 15,000 signatures by registered voters. Virginia law requires 10,000 signatures for candidates to qualify.
Volunteer Barbara Kanninen took the lead on the project. The group started canvassing the state in mid-August, and turned the petitions in three weeks early.
"It's not only symbolic, it's real. We're organizing, we're ready, we're very enthusiastic," said volunteer Barbara Kanninen.
Obama's re-election campaign will open up offices around the state starting this weekend.
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