RNC to open 98 field offices in effort to boost Trump, GOP
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday announced that it would open 98 new offices and hire 392 new field staff as election season kicks into high gear after Labor Day.
 

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“The RNC entered this cycle more prepared than any party in history and has built a nationwide, permanent field program for the entire GOP ticket,” Chairman Reince Priebus said.
  
“Our organizing efforts began years ago and this new wave of hires will seamlessly plug into our operation as we head into the final stretch of the campaign season. The RNC is committed to sending Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE to the White House and solidifying our majorities in Congress.”

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has struggled in field operations, having only a third of the number of state offices set up by Democratic rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally It's about the delegates, stupid MORE.

As of August, Trump had approximately 200 fewer offices than Clinton in major battleground states.
The RNC expansion in field staff will mostly take place in Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

"The RNC’s field program has been in battleground states since 2013 and currently has more staff in the field than at any point in the 2012 cycle," the party organization wrote in a press release.

"RNC field organizers had already put in over 1.2 million hours of organizing focused on the general election before either party’s primary concluded, and before Hillary Clinton had announced battleground state directors."

The new expansion effort will bring the total number of paid RNC staffers to over 1,000 nationwide.