About 100 enthusiastic campaign volunteers crowded into a suite of offices Monday afternoon for the grand opening of a Palo Alto office for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
The Barack Obama campaign also opened an office in south Palo Alto Jan. 13.
The two are the leading Democratic presidential candidates going into the Feb. 5 California primary election.
"Who wins California will win the nomination," Amy Rao told the crowd of Clinton volunteers. The founder and CEO of Integrated Archive Systems, Rao has converted her office temporarily into the Clinton campaign office.
California is hugely important, Steve Westly, co-chairman of Obama's California campaign and the former state controller, said at Obama's Jan. 13 opening to a crowd of about 200.
Both campaigns are concentrating on "get out the vote" phone calls, contacting registered Democrats and independents who can vote in the Democratic Party primary.
Volunteers for both candidates said it was their first foray into national political campaigns.
First-time Clinton volunteer Barbara Bowden put together the "Hil wagons," small shopping carts stuffed with campaign materials that are walked through local farmer's markets.
At the Obama celebration, volunteer Office Manager Jane Stern also spoke of campaigning for the first time -- with vigor.
When a Cosco employee said he couldn't customize cakes for the celebration, she didn't take "no" for an answer, she said.
"I looked at him and said, 'Do you realize you're baking a cake for the future president of the United States?'" she said.
The "Obama '08" cake crowned a buffet table at the party.
The Clinton campaign office is at 1121 N. San Antonio Road, east of the U.S. Highway 101, and can be reached by calling 650-528-4686.
The Obama campaign office is at 3981 El Camino Real, near Happy Donuts, and can be reached at 650-852-9401.