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Florida GOP says it's ground game is ready



With the Donald Trump campaign slow to  build a visible ground organization in Florida, the Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia issued a statement stressing that the state party has been busy for nearly two years preparing for this election.

“The Republican Party of Florida has been laying the groundwork and infrastructure for this election cycle for the better part of almost two years.  This infrastructure includes 15 offices in areas, such as Orlando, Coral Gables, Fort Myers, Pensacola and Palm Beach, among others.  We have also furthered these efforts by adding eight locations from Collier to Nassau, and in the coming week we will add at least another 15 more locales throughout our great state.  These offices are to implement new and innovative grassroots efforts to benefit the campaigns of Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and our Congressional candidates.  They will have the sole purpose of driving Republican turnout and engaging voters to deliver Florida for our federal and state Republican nominees.  We are excited about this unique and historic election, and the robust field operations the RPOF has put into effect."

The Florida GOP has been strapped for money for most of the past two years, because Gov. Rick Scott effectively washed his hands of the party after Ingoglia defeated Scott's prefered candidate for party chairman. 

The Trump campaign says field offices should be opening next week and that it also plans to open offices in conjunction with the state and national GOP.

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2016 3:56pm]


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