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Trump campaign laid off data-team leader in March: report

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The leader of the data team for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump left the campaign last month, Politico reported Tuesday.
The campaign laid off Matt Braynard, a former Republican National Committee strategist and the leader of Trump’s data team. Braynard didn’t train a successor, according to Politico.
{mosads}The campaign hasn’t been able to access some of its own data since Braynard’s exit.
To replace Braynard, the campaign is relying on its No. 2 — a data engineer who reportedly does not have a lot of high-level political strategy experience. 
The campaign has also given some of the responsibilities to a recent college graduate.
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said the “data team continues to grow.” But opponents said the campaign’s lack of attention to details may hinder Trump’s ability to clinch the nomination.

“Presidential campaigns are a team sport, and he doesn’t have that mentality,” one high-level GOP operative told Politico. “That’s why they’re missing a lot of these opportunities that are passing them by. [Trump] might be a great quarterback, but every quarterback still needs a strong offensive line.”

According to Politico, Trump’s campaign has laid off field staff around the country and has dismantled much of its organization in general-election states such as Florida and Ohio.
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