Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Clinton invests in Arizona

The Arizona Capitol Times reports Widening aim, Clinton commits resources to Georgia, Arizona.

Hillary Clinton is expanding her presidential battleground map to include the traditionally Republican states of Georgia and Arizona — another sign that Republican Donald Trump’s missteps have Democrats contemplating a November landslide that could help the party in down-ballot contests.

Party officials in Arizona and Georgia say Clinton campaign lieutenants told them Monday that the Democratic nominee would start spending money on staff in the two states, which combine for 27 electoral votes, a tenth of the total needed to win the presidency.

Another person with knowledge of the campaign’s plans said the initial investment will be six figures. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about campaign strategy.

The move comes amid a national shift in Clinton’s favor since the July party conventions. Polls suggest Clinton has widened her national lead over Trump and positioned herself to compete even in some traditionally GOP-leaning states.

Arizona’s Democratic Party hopes to double the number of field organizers it has on staff with Clinton’s infusion, according to state party Chairwoman Alexis Tameron.

“A little money can go a long way,” Tameron said.

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