In a conference call Monday with reporters, Hillary for America [HFA] Campaign Manager Robby Mook gave an update on the campaign’s unprecedented coordinated campaign efforts, including additional resources in the final weeks to win Senate, House and governors races across the country.
Mook, who has deep family ties in Ohio, especially Cleveland where his parents live, thinks the great unraveling taking place in Donald Trump’s campaign, that appears to be taking down the Republican Party with it, is great news for Hillary Clinton and her mission to bring elected officials to Washington who can work with her to get something done. Mook said HFA has offices in all 50 states, especially in 12 battleground states and Maine and Nebraska congressional districts since those states allocate Electoral College votes by districts.
The Senate will be won or lost in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio, Mook said, noting that races for governor in New Hampshire and North Carolina are also important races. He mentioned Michigan since it seems Democrats there are poised to regaining the majority in the House. Tallying up resources in the battleground states themselves, Mook said there are 455 offices at work that are open to all Democratic candidates. The effort by HFA and Hillary’s Victory Fund reduce infrastructure costs to these candidates while maximizing collaboration with local candidates’ names appearing on phone and door-knock scripts, courtesy of funding from Clinton campaign resources. As Mrs. Clinton travels, these down ballot candidates are included at her speaking events.
At this point in time, Mook said HFA has run over $100 million in programs benefiting House, Senate and governorship races. The investments will help Clinton win the White House and win back the Senate and more House seats. This investment is in addition to millions already raised through Hillary’s Victory Fund.
“Donald Trump becomes more unhinged by the day,” Mook said. As a result Trump’s behavior just increases prospects for down ballot Democrats and boosts voter turnout and enthusiasm. He said again, as he has in the past on calls, that voter turnout will be the biggest in history, exceeding trends in the 2012 campaign. “We cannot slack off now, we need more volunteer time and contributors to donate more to the coordinated effort to help as many candidates be successful to get things done after the election,” he said from campaign offices in Brooklyn, New York.
Mook advised reporters on the call to look out for enhances in seven key battleground states that will focus not on just the White House race but Senate, House and local offices. Those states that will have more resources pumped into them for mail and digital advertising include Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire. In two Nebraska and Maine congressional districts, $250,000 will go for voter turnout efforts.
A new state, one Democrats had little chance of winning in past elections, is Arizona. Expanding TV buys and digital mail will cost about $2 million, now that Trump’s fractured campaign is making the traditionally Republican state more competitive. Winning it, he said, will foreclose any path Trump had to win. And with a Senate race and two congressional districts in play in Arizona, it will be another stop for First Lady Michelle Obama who will visit there Thursday. Mook said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be campaigning there for Clinton on Tuesday and daughter Chelsea will do the same on Wednesday.
Notwithstanding Trump’s vice presidential running mate Mike Pence being the current governor of Indiana, Mook said Indiana and Missouri will also see some attention from the campaign even though Hillary Clinton faces an uphill battle in each. Still, Democrats see their chances of winning Senate and governorship races on the rise. One million will be spent on both states. In the meantime, Mook said the campaign will monitor states like Georgia, where six-figures is being spent to boost the coordinated campaign.
“The bottom line is that Donald Trump’s erratic behavior and spiraling campaign has left Republicans in civil war,” Mook said, as candidates are putting party before country. Voters are seeing through GOP candidates last minute conversions as they become more outraged by Republican candidates sticking with Trump. “Republicans are in a real bind, and Democrats have a historic opportunity to elect not just the first woman president but other leaders who will work with her to create jobs and rising incomes.
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