Obama campaign will open Indianapolis headquarters Thursday

Last minute preparations were made to the office Wednesday, as volunteers taped up posters, took phone calls and cleaned up.

Indianapolis

A giant letter 'O' painted in red, white and blue on the glass window of a corner office on Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street is the first visible sign of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in Indiana.

The space will serve as the campaign's Indianapolis headquarters. Organizing for America, the President's grassroots organization, will hold a grand opening event on Thursday.

Last minute preparations were made to the office Wednesday, as volunteers taped up posters, took phone calls and cleaned up.

"Oh, it's very exciting," said volunteer Cheryl Laux as she drew up a poster. "I just want to do all I can to help."

While volunteers are excited to start working, political experts like Brian Howey are watching. He said opening a campaign office three months before the primary reveals that Democrats are trying to figure out if they can turn the state blue again.

"What I'm seeing with the Obama headquarters is that they're gonna make sure they think they have a chance," said Howey. "Republicans would like you to believe that there's no chance... but it's early in the process and if Mitt Romney is the nominee, we're starting to see national polls that show that even Republicans aren't really excited about his candidacy."

Right now, President Obama has political ads out in a handful of states, but Howey said don't expect to see any in Indiana until early fall.

For now, President Obama's supporters are willing to do what they can to make sure he has a chance.

"I feel that we have a good opportunity if we get out there and work hard," said volunteer Georgia Armstead.

According to Organizing for America, staff and volunteers will be going door-to-door from now until November to organize the community and help elect President Obama and other Democrats in November.

The grand opening happens at the campaign headquarters on 111 East 16th Street this Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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