Democrats targeting Florida among battleground states for enhanced build-up

DNC investing more and earlier in Florida, other battleground states than in 2016

The Democratic National Committee is including Florida among a handful of states where it is launching a new, multimillion dollar investment it calls “Battleground Build-Up 2020” for groundwork and professional staffers to challenge President Donald Trump for those states in the November election.

Florida, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be targeted for funding for additional field offices focusing and staff in an effort the DNC said was not done in the 2016 presidential cycle.

“The DNC is making historic, early investments to lay the groundwork for our eventual nominee to win in 2020. We are taking nothing for granted as we work to make Trump a one-term president and win up and down the ballot in 2020,” DNC Chair Tom Perez stated in a news release. “These organizers, offices, and staff will help our eventual nominee grow their general election operation as quickly as possible and ensure Democrats are reaching out to every voter possible, starting right now. Donald Trump’s broken his promises, he’s hurt working families at every turn — and this program will help build the infrastructure we need to beat him.”

The DNC plan calls for roughly double the number of on-the-ground field organizers across the states. By March, in coordination with the state parties, the DNC expects to have hundreds of field staff on the ground.

The DNC also is planning to open additional offices in each state, and place communications staff in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio to localize and define messages about Trump.

Organizing staff will be added in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Voter protection organizers will be added in Florida, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The DNC said it also has increased its monthly investment in every state party by 33 percent compared with this time in 2016.

Republicans responded that they already are investing early and heavily in Florida, and tout what they call unprecedented data and ground programs in Florida, while maintaining big advantages in available cash.

“Democrats are broke and they continue to lose in Florida. We look forward winning again in 2020,” said Trump Victory spokesperson Emma Vaughn.

Scott Powers

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  • Sanders

    January 22, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Interesting article, which highlights the fact that the popular vote is a must for the future of American politics.

    The amount of money that has been spent in the Iowa Caucasus is obscene, it is a mini Florida. American elections are carving up the United States into “important” states and “not so important states”.

    Florida can go Democrat or Republican, it is truly unpredictable, I am sad to see such desperation to win individual swing states.

    The emphasis on winning swing states is more proof that we need to eliminate the electoral college and go to a “One person/One vote” system.

  • VOTE DEM 2020!

    January 22, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    In Florida, it’s all about getting young people, African Americans, and Hispanics to vote. Registered Democrats have ALWAYS outnumbered registered Republicans in this state. But, Republican voter suppression and lack of sufficient motivation among young people and the minorities allows the GOPs to win. Ultimately, with the demographic changes underway, both Florida and Texas will become reliably blue states – and the Republican Party will be finished. Could begin happening this year – but will DEFINITELY happen by about 2040 or so when white people become a minority in this country.

  • Sonja Emily Fitch

    January 23, 2020 at 7:56 am

    WE HAVE TO HAVE DEMOCRATS TO REPRESENT THE COMMON GOOD FOR ALL. The Senate hearing is an example of political corruption at its worst. Attorney General Ashley Moody signed a letter from Republican Attorney Generals agreeing that the Impeachment is not an Impeachment. Further Attorney General Ashley Moody HAVE YOU EVER PROSECUTED A CASE WITHOUT TESTIMONY OR DISCOVERY OF EVIDENCE? HELL NO. FLORIDA BAR INVESTIGATE THIS CORRUPT POLITICAL ACT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHLEY MOODY. OBVIOUSLY ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHLEY MOODY THINKS “SHE” IS ABOVE THE LAW.

  • Leigh

    January 23, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    I would be interested in Florida Politics looking into and reporting on how many people were newly registered vpoters this year in Florida Republican vs Democrat Vs Npa. The data/total numbers.

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