Obama coming back to Charlottesville?
Today's Washington Post reports that, in an effort to turn out the vote in Virginia's Democratic presidential primary next Tuesday, February 12, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is coming back to to Charlottesville either Sunday or Monday.
A spokesperson for the Obama campaign claims that so far no event has been scheduled, but "He could schedule something before the primary."
If the Illinois senator is planning to use the Charlottesville Pavilion– as he did for his $250,000 October 29, 2007 fundraiser– it's news to Pavilion general manager Kirby Hutto. "I haven't heard a peep, but we'd love to have it," Hutto says.
Should Obama decide to make a Charlottesville campaign stop, it would make a lot of political sense to UVA professor and political pundit Larry Sabato. "[Obama] needs to maximize the youth vote and the upscale, highly educated vote in places like Charlottesville," he told the Hook yesterday.
As for whether rival candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will also be making a return to Charlottesville, a campaign spokesperson tells the Hook, "There's nothing scheduled yet, but everything is so fluid, we could do it the day before."
6:50pm update: A Clinton campaign spokesperson confirms to the Hook that Sen. Clinton will lecture and field questions from students in Prof. Larry Sabato's Introduction to American Politics class Monday, February 11.