Obama Campaign to Open Six Montana Offices

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Barack Obama’s campaign is holding events over the next week for the opening of six offices in Montana.

The campaign is opening offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. It has previously announced the hiring of full-time staff.

The Obama campaign has been spending money and running television ads in Montana — an oddity since the state has only three electoral votes and rarely sees presidential campaign attention. Obama is vying to be only the third Democratic presidential candidate to carry Montana since 1948.

He has visited the state four times, most recently attending a July Fourth parade in Butte. Obama trumped Hillary Rodham Clinton in a primary battle in Montana.

Republican John McCain has yet to establish a serious campaign presence in the state.