The Barack Obama campaign has opened a new field office in northwest Ohio - this one in Defiance.
The office is at 608 Clinton St., and the opening was held Tuesday night, bringing to 17 the number of Obama field offices that are up and running in "battleground" Ohio.
Those other locations are Mentor, Lima, Northern Hamilton County, Bowling Green, Toledo, Beavercreek, Youngstown, New Philadelphia, Athens, Cincinnati, Parma, Columbus, Middletown, Dayton, Chillicothe and Shaker Heights.
The Obama campaigns claims the "the strongest grassroots organization of any candidate going forward in Ohio."
Obama's strategy in 2008 of opening county offices even in traditionally Republican areas helped him win the state on Election Day. (That and the fact that he campaigned in Ohio a lot). In 2004, Democrat John Kerry got 38 percent of the vote in Defiance County against President George Bush. In 2008, Obama got 45 percent i Defiance County, a net gain of 2,414 votes over four years earlier. Obama carried Ohio by 262,224 votes.