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The Hill – Markey builds Obama-strong ground game for Mass. special election

Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) campaign for Senate in Massachusetts has established a ground operation that rivals that of President Obama, and in the coming weeks volunteers plan to contact half a million potential Markey voters to boost their chances at a win.

The effort is being led by Carl Nilsson, Obama’s field director in Massachusetts, who made an effort to bring over many of the Obama campaign staffers he worked with in the 2012 election cycle.

And in a special election during the spring, where time and resources are short, the 5,000 volunteers, 2,000 voter contact events and 600 supporters gathered at a get-out-the-vote training session this Sunday could make the difference between a Martha-Coakley-like upset for the frontrunner and a win at the polls on election day.