Democratic strategist predicts Buttigieg will remain competitive through Super Tuesday

A senior Democratic strategist working with former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' 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 SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race 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 BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing 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 TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE in 2016.