cloudyn.png
Wednesday November 25th, 2020 11:41PM

Trump's reelection operation hires 1,500 field staffers

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November.

Trump Victory, the joint field effort of the two organizations, announced Monday the hiring of an additional 300 staffers set to hit 20 target states by Wednesday in the largest field operation ever mounted by a Republican.

The goal is to turn out votes on behalf of Republicans up and down the ticket this fall. The Trump team says it is on pace to eclipse the 2.2 million volunteer total that helped reelect President Barack Obama in 2012.

The announcement comes as public and private polls show Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden across key battleground states and nationally. The president’s team argues that polls also showed Trump down in 2016 but he nonetheless pulled off a win.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said the staff and volunteers are looking to use the RNC’s vast data trove and voter scores to reach a dwindling swath of swing voters and the far larger universe of low-propensity voters — many of whom already like Trump but are unlikely to vote.

A field program alone doesn’t win elections — and four years ago it was Trump’s ground game that lagged Hillary Clinton’s — but in a close election, the GOP argues, it can spell the difference between victory and defeat.

“In an election like this, where it’s going to come down to a few thousand votes in a couple of states, that’s when your ground game matters,” McDaniel said.

Republicans are quick to note that their staffer count in the field is more than double that of Biden, whose goal was 600 field staffers by the end of June. Additionally, the RNC staffers have been on the ground for years in some cases, while Biden has only just recently begun rolling out his roster of battleground state directors.

And while Biden’s campaign has out-raised Trump in recent months, Trump’s team believes its cash-on-hand advantage and hiring head start give it an insurmountable edge in reaching out to voters.

Both the Trump and Biden field operations went virtual largely overnight in mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic hit. Trump’s has begun resuming some in-person campaign activities as states have lifted some virus restrictions.

“We have the biggest and best ground game operation ever seen,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh. “We’ve built lasting relationships with voters on the ground that will power President Trump to victory in November. Joe Biden scarcely emerges from his basement, is woefully behind in state organizations and lacks any enthusiasm behind his candidacy.”

Biden's campaign dismissed the criticism and asserted a broader advantage by the Democrat.

“In this moment of crisis, Joe Biden’s message is resonating with voters because he has displayed the responsibility and leadership that the American people expect of a president — whereas Donald Trump has careened from failure to failure, undermining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic with his instability and mismanagement while spreading hate to divide our country at a time when we need to come together more than ever,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said.

The RNC has invested more than $350 million on data, technology and field programs since 2013. A key tool is “Trump Talk,” which harnesses both political and commercial data to provide staffers and volunteers with a dynamic script to use when contacting voters in person or over the phone.

“If you’re knocking the wrong doors, then you’re wasting effort,” McDaniel said.

Already the Trump effort has made more than 55 million voter contacts this presidential cycle — more than it made in all of 2016 — and amassed 1.4 million volunteers.

To be counted as a volunteer, “you’ve taken an action that we measure: a phone call, a door knock. Some kind of voter contact,” said RNC chief of staff Richard Walters. That’s important, said McDaniel, because "the best way to change the mind of a voter is for someone they value to have a conversation with them.”

___

Catch up on the 2020 election campaign with AP experts on our weekly politics podcast, “Ground Game.”

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Politics, Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Trump's reelection operation hires 1,500 field staffers
The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November
5:24AM ( 28 minutes ago )
The Latest: German health minister criticizes vacationers
Germany’s health minister has criticized his countrymen for failing to respect social distancing rules on vacation after videos emerged over the weekend showing German tourists partying on the Spanish island of Mallorca
5:24AM ( 28 minutes ago )
EU ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia, drilling
European Union foreign ministers have criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque
5:15AM ( 37 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Malaysia PM wins tests of support, ousts house speaker
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has narrowly won a motion to boot the parliament speaker, scraping through the first test of his support nearly five months after taking power
3:24AM ( 2 hours ago )
Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting
The November election is coming with a big price tag as America faces the coronavirus pandemic
12:32AM ( 5 hours ago )
Undaunted, US global media chief plows ahead with changes
The new chief of U.S. global media is plowing ahead with changes to the Voice of America and other international broadcasters, heightening concerns for the independent news organizations
12:22AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Near final results show Polish president Duda wins 2nd term
Poland’s state electoral commission says conservative President Andrzej Duda has won 51.21% of the vote with almost all votes counted in the country’s weekend election
3:44AM ( 2 hours ago )
Exit poll: Duda leads Poland's tight presidential runoff
An exit poll for Poland’s presidential runoff is showing a race that is too close to call between the conservative, populist incumbent and the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw — a battle that reflected the deep divisions in this European Union nation
9:25PM ( 8 hours ago )
Exit poll show Poland's Duda leading in presidential runoff
An exit poll for Poland’s presidential runoff is showing a race that is too close to call between the conservative, populist incumbent and the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw — a battle that reflected the deep divisions in this European Union nation
7:20PM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Elections
Donald Trump, Joe Biden win Louisiana's presidential primary
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have won Louisiana’s twice-postponed presidential primary
9:18PM ( 1 day ago )
Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks
At a time of racial unrest and calls for more diversity in leadership, President Donald Trump lags Democratic rival Joe Biden in the percentage of nonwhite senior aides on their campaigns
11:33AM ( 1 day ago )
Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump
Joe Biden is pledging to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II
9:39AM ( 1 day ago )
General Election News
Poland holds momentous, tight presidential election runoff
Voting has started in Poland’s tight presidential election runoff between the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, backed by the ruling party, and liberal, pro-European Union Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski of the main opposition party
5:18AM ( 1 day ago )
Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon
Former special counsel Robert Mueller is sharply defending his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign
10:53PM ( 1 day ago )
Poland faces momentous choice in tight presidential runoff
Poland votes Sunday in a tight runoff election that pits populist incumbent President Andrzej Duda against a liberal pro-European Union challenger, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski
10:57AM ( 1 day ago )
General Presidential Election News
The Latest: German health minister criticizes vacationers
Germany’s health minister has criticized his countrymen for failing to respect social distancing rules on vacation after videos emerged over the weekend showing German tourists partying on the Spanish island of Mallorca
5:24AM ( 28 minutes ago )
EU ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia, drilling
European Union foreign ministers have criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque
5:15AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Depp in witness box for 5th day at lawsuit over abuse claims
Johnny Depp is expected to wrap up his evidence at his libel trial against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of abusing ex-wife Amber Heard
5:06AM ( 46 minutes ago )
Asia Today: India sees another surge, hot spots shut again
Several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas as its coronavirus cases surge
5:02AM ( 50 minutes ago )
BT CEO warns of long road to excise Huawei from UK network
The CEO of BT has warned it may take a decade to remove Huawei equipment from Britain’s telecom infrastructure if the UK government caves in to US pressure to dump the telecom provider from its networks
4:57AM ( 55 minutes ago )