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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

'The Army of Trump is 70,000-plus people in Florida'



After weeks of being on the defensive about the slow start of it's ground game in Florida, the Donald Trump campaign is now boasting of a daunting turnout machine - in large part due to the Republican National Committee, which started organizing in Florida two years ago. Tucked into yesterday's story about Democrats fretting about the Clinton operation in Florida:

"It's the largest, most robust presence we've ever seen in Florida," said Susie Wiles, who is running Trump's Florida campaign. She said more than 200 full-time staffers and about 1,000 paid, specially trained "Republican Leadership Initiative" organizers are working to deliver Florida to Trump. Including active volunteers, "the army of Trump is 70,000-plus people in Florida."

Between national and state GOP, county GOP and Trump offices, Wiles counted about 60 offices, comparable to the 65 Clinton campaign offices. On top of that, the rapidly growing Clinton campaign staff currently totals about 500, and a Democratic super PAC, For Florida's Future, has at least 200 full-time staffers working to deliver Florida.

[Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2016 2:21pm]


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