RNC will flood battleground states with staffers to boost Trump

By Alex Isenstadt

The Republican National Committee on Thursday approved plans to dispatch an additional 300 field staffers to 18 target states in this fall’s general election, a move that comes as the Trump political machine ramps up its presence in battlegrounds across the country.

The deployment was confirmed by a party official briefed on the plans. With the new wave, the committee will have over 600 staffers spread out across the nation. Party officials, who noted they had already knocked on a million doors, said the canvassers would be promoting GOP candidates up and down the ballot.

The RNC’s 168 members and its chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, are gathered in Doral, Fla., for the committee’s annual winter meeting. President Donald Trump is slated to address the group on Thursday evening. Eric Trump, Trump’s son, made an appearance earlier in the day.

Republicans, who are expected to spend in seven figures to fund the deployment, are capitalizing on a vast resource advantage over Democrats. Through November, the RNC had seven times as much cash on hand as its Democratic counterpart.

Trump is developing a behemoth of a political operation: The reelection effort and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $463 million in 2019 and had nearly $200 million on hand going into this year.

Yet some Republicans are growing concerned about the spending potential of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The mega-billionaire has pledged to fund 500 staffers in an array of battleground states through November even if he loses the Democratic presidential nomination.

The list of states to which Republican staffers are being sent includes battlegrounds that Trump won in 2016, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Yet it also includes states won by Hillary Clinton, including New Mexico, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Republicans are also dispatching field staffers to traditionally conservative states that Democrats are targeting including Arizona, Georgia and Texas.