Democratic strategist predicts Buttigieg will remain competitive through Super Tuesday

A senior Democratic strategist working with former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE (D) predicted Wednesday that the mayor's campaign would remain a viable frontrunner for the Democratic nomination beyond Super Tuesday despite concerns about his performance with minority voters.

Jennifer Holdsworth told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Wednesday that Buttigieg's campaign was expanding its staff in Nevada and Super Tuesday states where African-American and Latino voters are expected to be major forces in the voting process.

"I think there's going to be a number of states [where Buttigieg wins] on Super Tuesday," Holdsworth said. "I know there's a very strong organization in Virginia, Alabama. He got a number of endorsements out of Ohio this morning."

"I think you're going to see him be competitive for quite some time," she added.

Her remarks come after Buttigieg finished a close second to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) in New Hampshire's primary and virtually tied Sanders in the Iowa caucuses last week.

Buttigieg now faces a challenge in South Carolina and Nevada, where Sanders and other Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE (D) have led the former mayor among several key demographics including black and Latino voters.

The campaign announced a major ad buy in seven Super Tuesday states over the weekend, specifically targeting areas that voted for former President Obama before flipping to President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE in 2016.