The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Republican nominee Donald Trump and the GOP have a little over 100 paid staffers in the important swing state of Florida, downplaying the over 800 trained staffers working in the state.
The RNC and Trump campaign, all in, actually have over 1,000 workers in the state, which includes 200 paid employees and over 800 trained organizers.
The AP published the article at 6:14 AM under the headline, “In Florida, Trump faces a Clinton campaign behemoth.” The AP asserts that Trump currently has 30 paid staffers, and the GOP has 80, coming in at the grand total of 110.
Clinton comparatively has over 500 employees and volunteers, according to the report.
The AP does mention the 1,000 workers for the RNC, but buries them in the story. The RNC reported just Monday the committee has 1,040 paid and trained staffers, which includes trained organizers and leaders across the state.
Nationally, pro-Trump campaign workers knocked on 4.4 million doors across the 33 states targeted by Trump and the RNC.
“The media has fallen for the Clinton camp’s false narrative that equates having a lot of campaign offices with having a superior field organization,” RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer told TheDCNF Monday.
“In reality, the Clinton camp knows that the Trump campaign and the RNC’s combined efforts are outpacing their field organization, and their touting how many offices they have cannot cover up the fact they lag behind our effort in organizers, volunteers, and voter registration in key states.”
“For the past three years, the RNC has been building a permanent, state of the art data-driven ground game infrastructure to help the entire Republican ticket win in November. Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign is just getting started in Florida and is running a ground game from a bygone era,” Ninio Fetalvo, RNC Florida Communications Director told TheDCNF.
(Editor’s note: This story has been updated.)
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