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Republican camp cranks up
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Forsyth County News

If things keep up as they have this week, Stella Lohmann may be out of a job before too long.

Lohmann, volunteer coordinator and member of the Republican Party Campaign Headquarters steering committee said, "we really don't have much recruiting to do because they're coming in by the droves."

"It's been phenomenal," she said about the popularity of the headquarters since its Friday grand opening. "We can't keep up with the demand for materials."

During their first week in business, the campaign headquarters has been open only four hours a day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The short hours have given the steering committee time to establish phone lines, order more supplies and take care of business before opening with longer hours next week.

Beginning Monday, said Steering Committee Chairman Ethan Underwood, hours will extend from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

While the presidential race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama has garnered more national attention, the campaign headquarters is also working on state and local races, including Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his race against Democrat Jim Martin and Libertarian Allen Buckley.

"Forsyth County is vital," said Underwood. "We traditionally vote a vast majority for Republicans. But there are other parts of the state that we're going to have to make sure we offset, that Democrats are strong in. So Forsyth County is the key in the strategy of winning Georgia."

While local parties are limited to $5,000 in campaign contributions to McCain, there is no limit to how many people can spread information, or to how many yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons and other campaign paraphernalia can be distributed.

Lohmann said it's become almost a full time job for her to handle the crowds, offer direction, distribute materials and manage the scheduling, but it's also "a nice place to be in."

Though the Republican presence is dominant in Forsyth, Lohmann said she isn't taking anything for granted.

"There's been great growth in Forsyth County as we all know. We have people coming in from all over the country," she said. "We know that our job is to still run as if we are still the underdog here in Georgia.