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Floridians push a robust ground game

Hundreds of Florida supporters of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush spent the last few days in New Hampshire staffing events, making phone calls and knocking on doors. With more than 20 percent of voters saying they could change their mind ahead of voting, the ground game was critical.

And Bush seemed to have an advantage. No other Republican reached out to voters more, according to Monmouth University polling data. Thirty-one percent of likely GOP voters said they had been contact by the Bush campaign. For Rubio, it was 22 percent.

New Hampshire voter contacts:

1. Hillary Clinton (13 / 39)

2. Bernie Sanders (13 / 35)

3. Bush (31 / 8)

4. John Kasich (26 / 8)

5. Ted Cruz (22 / 10)

6. Rubio (22 / 8)

7. Donald Trump (19 / 9)

8. Chris Christie (17 / 7)

9. Carly Fiorina (16 / 4)

10. Ben Carson (11 / 5)

Per Monmouth, the first number in parenthesis is the percentage of likely Republican voters who report being contacted by someone promoting that candidate. The second number is the percentage of likely Democratic voters who say the same.

Biggest spenders

In what has become a familiar story, Bush and Rubio lead all Republicans on TV spending in South Carolina. The Floridians also led in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Bush and his Right to Rise super PAC have already spent $10.3 million ads in South Carolina, according to NBC News, which relies on data from SMG Delta. Rubio and his super PAC and dark money group have spent $9.4 million.

Biggest overall ad spenders to date:

Team Bush: $76.7 million ($71.8M from super PAC, $4.9 million from campaign)

Team Rubio: $48 million ($16.9M from campaign, $20.7M from super PAC, $10.5M from 501c4)

Team Sanders: $21.3 million (all from campaign)

Team Clinton: $17.4 million ($17.2M from campaign, $199K from super PAC)

Team Christie: $16.6 million ($16.1M from super PAC, $500K from campaign)

Team Cruz: $13.9 million ($5M from campaign, rest from outside groups)

Team Kasich: $13.2 million ($12.7M from outside groups, $500K from campaign)

Team Trump: $8.3 million (all from campaign)

Clinton to visit

Clinton will campaign in Palm Beach County on Feb. 15.

Her campaign said she "will lay out the case for why she is the only candidate who has the experience to get the job done and make a real difference in the lives of Florida families. She'll discuss why her lifetime of experience fighting for families and getting results has prepared her to do all parts of the job of president and stop Republicans from ripping away the progress that we've made."

A location and time had not been released. She'll also be fundraising.

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Floridians push a robust ground game 02/09/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:51pm]
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