Obama Hires Montana State Director

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Barack Obama’s campaign is taking the unusual step of launching a general election fight in Montana.

The campaign says it is hiring a full time Montana state director and considers the traditional Republican stronghold a critical state.

The campaign also says it is hiring state directors in Alaska, Iowa, New Mexico and Oregon.

Mike Dorsey will be Obama’s Montana director. He served as Obama’s Midwest Political Director last year and state director in Missouri.

Obama easily beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in Montana’s primary earlier this month.

But Democratic presidential candidates have done very poorly in Montana in recent years, often getting beat by double digits in general elections.