Clinton Campaign Touts Coordination With Senate, House Races

Draws contrast to Republican efforts

Hillary Clinton's campaign is highlighting coordinated efforts in states like Pennsylvania. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Hillary Clinton's campaign is highlighting coordinated efforts in states like Pennsylvania. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted September 9, 2016 at 12:08pm

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is touting to supporters the level of coordination its achieved with Democratic congressional campaigns and drawing a contrast with Republicans’ efforts.

“[A]s of last week, Donald Trump and the Republicans had a total of four offices across Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. As a result, many Republican candidates have had to set up their own infrastructure, which both costs them resources they could allocate to other activities, and means that there are now parallel Republican field structures set up within several states,” Clinton campaign official Marlon Marshall wrote in a memo to supporters. “Contrast this with Democrats who are working out of the exact same offices and off of the same game plan.”

Marshall, the director of states and political engagement for the Clinton White House bid, used those three battleground states with hotly contested Senate races as examples throughout the memo, which was obtained by Roll Call on Friday morning.

According to the memo, the Clinton campaign has coordinated efforts with the Democratic National Committee, as well as the House and Senate campaign committees, the Democratic Governor’s Association and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which focuses on state legislative contests.

“Every investment we have made in the field has been closely integrated with our partners and targeted to maximize value up and down the ticket. That includes everything from the states we have prioritized for voter registration to the location of field offices within a given state,” Marshall wrote.

The memo also highlights the widely-reported efforts by the Clinton campaign to push the envelope into some other states, including staffing up in Arizona and reaching out to voters who might not traditionally be Democratic in Utah. And the campaign seems well aware that even if Clinton does not prevail in those races, other Democrats may stand to gain down the ballot.

“All of these investments would have been unthinkable in any other year, including our recently announced TV buy in Arizona,” Marshall wrote. “And our investments in these states have real consequences for candidates like Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Mia Love (Utah), who looked relatively safe earlier in the cycle, but are now at serious risk of being defeated in November.”

As in the core battleground states, our work in these expansion states is only possible because of the strength of our coordinated campaign, and the commitment of all partners to work closely at every level,” he added in the memo.

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