Will the DNC actually stick to this?
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) recently launched “The Battleground Build Up 2020” to focus on the key states President Donald Trump won in 2016.
The states include:
- North Carolina
WISCONSIN! Can DNC Chairman Tom Perez locate Wisconsin on a map? I wonder if he asked Hillary. I’m kind of shocked the list did not include Ohio.
Anyway! From The Hill:
A DNC official said that past presidential campaigns had urged the committee to begin laying critical political infrastructure early so that the eventual nominee could hit the ground running after the party’s national convention in July.
“In the 2016 race and in past campaigns, they’ve all stressed to us that the most important thing the DNC can do is lay the groundwork for the nominee to come in and build up dramatically,” the official told reporters on a conference call.
To be sure, the eventual nominee will have to compete in the general election with the political behemoth run by Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC), which has already sought to expand its presence in the same six battleground states targeted by the DNC.
The DNC has to be careful with money, though. The Republicans have consistently outraised the Democrats since Trump’s inauguration.
Democrats only raised $28 million in 2019 compared to the Republicans raking in $72.3 million.
The Hill tried to find “a silver lining” for the Democrats with the combination of the presidential candidates and DNC, which raised $580 million total in 2019.
Trump’s campaign and the GOP raised $463 million in 2019. Yes, the Democrats came out on top, but they had over 20 candidates in the year.
It’s only Trump and the Republican Party. So is that really a silver lining?
Hillary’s campaign manager in 2016 Robby Mook called it “a big step forward from 2016,” which is absolutely true. The DNC thought for sure that Hillary would wipe the floor with Trump. We all know that ended.
The Republicans do not appear worried:
“The RNC and the Trump Campaign are lapping the Democrats on every front – organizing, fundraising, volunteer training, registering voters, and more,” said Mandi Merritt, an RNC spokesperson. “Thanks to our permanent data-driven ground game, Trump Victory has never left the key states that will be crucial to delivering President Trump another victory in 2020, and this will make all the difference come Election Day.”
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