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Donald Trump shakes up his Florida campaign

7

September

Donald Trump's campaign is shaking up its team in must-win Florida, where the race appears neck-and-neck despite Hillary Clinton mounting a much more robust voter mobilization effort and the Trump campaign often butting heads with other Republican groups in the state.

Susie Wiles, a lobbyist and veteran political consultant who ran Rick Scott's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and had recently been handling communications from New York, has been shifted to oversee Trump's Florida campaign. She replaces Karen Giorno, who had been leading the Florida team since before he won the primary in March but is now moving to New York to be the national campaign's chairman of coalitions, overseeing outreach to groups including women, veterans and evangelicals.

The Trump campaign cast the sudden staff changes as a promotion for Giorno, who is fiercely loyal to the Republican nominee and is said to be a favorite of his. But the hard-charging Giorno also has had an antagonistic relationship with other key players working to deliver Florida's 29 electoral votes to the GOP, including the Republican National Committee, Florida GOP and Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate campaign. Trump's Florida campaign just started opening field offices this week, a month before voting by mail starts and more than a month after the campaign said it would. The Clinton campaign has 51 offices.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:17pm]

    

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