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As their candidate slips in the polls in the shadow of the GOP’s rising female star, New Haven’s Women for Obama are gearing up to influence the presidential race by employing a “one-on-one” personal touch.

With just 54 days to go before the Nov. 4 election, Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama supporters gathered at Yale’s Afro-American Cultural Center Tuesday night for a grassroots organizing meeting. The event drew over two dozen women and a half-dozen men, only one of whom appeared to be a college student. The planned phone-banking and trips to battleground states.

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