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Buttigieg surrogate: Impeachment is 'literally a Washington story'

A surrogate for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE’s presidential campaign told Hill.TV that impeachment is not top of mind for most voters across the country.

“It is literally a Washington story,” Jennifer Holdsworth said in an interview that aired Wednesday.

She added that as the battle over impeachment further dominates the news cycle, it becomes even more crucial for Democratic candidates to get their message across to the public.

“The cable news media is going to be sucked up into it, which is why it’s important to have a really great ground game in the early states,” said Holdsworth, who is a senior political strategist at the public relations firm MWWPR.

House Democrats last week passed two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A Senate trial is expected in January, even though Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi quashes reports on Jan. 6 select committee Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed On The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) has yet to send the articles to the upper chamber.

Holdsworth said White House hopefuls will need to get serious about ramping up their digital presence in 2020 to counter Trump and his reelection campaign.

“There were nefarious intentions, but aside from those and the Russia influence, he and his team had an incredible digital-first program,” Holdsworth said. “It’s something the Democrats have to be serious about. So if you really make sure that your message is going to get out in these early states, that is what you have to focus on.”

Though Buttigieg entered the race as a relative unknown on the national stage, he has since climbed to the top tier of the crowded 2020 field. Some recent polls have shown him leading the pack in Iowa, which will hold its caucuses on Feb. 3.

However, Buttigieg trails his rivals by a sizable margin in national polls.

The RealClearPolitics average of national polls shows Buttigieg in fourth place at 8 percent support. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE leads the pack at 28 percent, followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.) at 19 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Progressives fear nightmare scenario over voting rights assault MORE (D-Mass.) at 15 percent.

—Tess Bonn