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Rudy staffs up with 50 people in Florida



During a conference call today, Rudy Giuliani advisors said the campaign now has deployed a total of 50 people in the state, sending staffers from other states into Florida. Giuliani expects to be in Florida almost everyday through the Jan. 29 state primary (including a bus tour Sunday to Tuesday). Coming out of South Carolina's Jan. 19 vote, strategist Brent Seaborn said there won't be a candidate better prepared than Giuliani.

"You'd always rather win than lose in this game, but I think we were prepared for what happened in Iowa and New Hampshire," said Seaborn, referring to Giuliani's low finishes in the early states.

Expecting a tightened race, Seaborn said polling will bounce around with various leaders in Florida, depending on who makes it out of Michigan and South Carolina. "We've always built our strategy that we're in through Florida, we're in through Feb. 5," he said.

But that strategy means convincing Florida voters that a multi-loss candidate is a good choice (see today's Times).

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:15pm]


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