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A lot of holes in GOP presidential ground game in key states

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Presidential battleground states were supposed to be swarming with Republican Party workers by now. “We’ve moved on to thousands and thousands of employees,” party chairman Reince Priebus declared in March, contrasting that with the GOP’s late-blooming staffing four years earlier. “We are covering districts across this country in ways that we’ve never had before.” That hasn’t exactly happened, a state-by-state review conducted by The Associated Press has found. With early voting beginning in less than three months in some states,…

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Kevin Sweeny: Ground game — do or die

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In the election of 1840, Abraham Lincoln served as a Whig presidential elector in Illinois. In his push to elect the “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too” ticket, he sent a ten-point edict to all committee members containing a field plan of operations. Much has changed in the landscape of political campaigns since 1840, but the importance of a well-organized, strong field operation has never waned. It is a mainstay in the campaigning ecosystem and part of a successful formula to forge…

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GOP using July 4 events as national ‘day of action’ for ground game

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July 4 may mean a day off for most Americans, but not so for National Republicans. In a campaign memo, the Republican National Committee announced it is using the holiday as the “next phase in its ground game strategy” – with a series of events happening at the earliest time in several election cycles. On Saturday, the GOP will host voter registration events all over Florida, most notably a NASCAR-themed push at Daytona International Speedway, as well as RNC volunteer…

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Why Janet Cruz won in H-58

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First of all, to the anonymous bloggers who attempted to discredit the good name of one of Tampa’s finest families, you should be ashamed of yourselves. I know a little something about effective, anonymous, negative blogging, and you sir, are no Jack Kennedy. In fact, the anti-Cruz blog Politics in Tampa is a perfect example of how not to use blogging in a political campaign. For starters, the site lacked credibility and original thought. Regurgitating gossip and innuendo is not…

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