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Biden campaign adds staff in three battleground states

Biden campaign adds staff in three battleground states
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Presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE is making new hires in three battleground states as his White House campaign seeks to seize on new polls showing him leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE nationally and in key swing states.

The campaign is bolstering its staff in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Nevada. The campaign is eager to flip North Carolina and Wisconsin back to blue after Trump won both states in 2016 and is fighting to maintain its edge in Nevada, which Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Trump, Biden tangle over Wall Street ties, fundraising The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE won by just over 2 points.

The campaign is tapping L.T. McCrimmon, who previously served as deputy legislative director for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D), to be its state director in the Tarheel State. McCrimmon also served as political director on Deborah Ross’s failed Senate bid against Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrAs Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs MORE (R-N.C.) in 2016 and a legislative assistant for former Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.). 

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Maggie Thompson, the North Carolina state director for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Biden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver MORE’s (D-Mass.) unsuccessful presidential bid, will be Biden’s new adviser and chief of staff in the state. And Scott Falmlen, a Democratic strategist and former executive director of the state Democratic Party, will also join the North Carolina team.

North Carolina, which went for President Obama in 2008 and for Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election Biden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name MORE in 2012, voted for Trump by about a 4-point margin in 2016.

The campaign is also making four hires in Wisconsin, one of the most hotly contested swing states.

Danielle Melfi and Scott Spector, who both held high-level positions in Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne Baldwin Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Baldwin calls for Senate hearing on CDC response to meatpacking plant coronavirus outbreak Democrats demand answers from Labor Department on CDC recommendations for meatpacking plant MORE’s (D-Wis.) successful 2018 reelection campaign, will be Biden’s new state director and senior adviser, respectively. Garren Randolph, who served as political director for Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) successful bid to oust former Gov. Scott Walker (R), will be Melfi’s deputy, and Shirley Ellis, an adviser to Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreLawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors Texas Democrat: US natural gas vital in transition to renewables The Hill's Convention Report: Democratic National Convention kicks off virtually MORE (D-Wis.), will join Biden’s campaign as a strategic adviser with a focus on Milwaukee.

Wisconsin voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012 but went for Trump by the narrowest of margins in 2016, setting itself up to be a key battleground this year. Baldwin’s campaign drew plaudits from Democrats after winning by double digits in 2018, outperforming Clinton by about 90,000 votes.

In Nevada, the campaign tapped Alana Mounce, the executive director of the state Democratic Party, to serve as its state director and state Sen. Yvanna Cancela (D) to come on as senior adviser.

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Clinton won Nevada in 2016 by a smaller margin than Obama's wins in 2008 and 2012.

The hiring in the trio of states comes after the Biden campaign tapped Andrew Piatt as senior adviser in Arizona and Jessica Mejía as its state director there. Piatt managed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D) successful 2018 Senate campaign, and Mejía previously ran Biden’s primary campaign in California, where Biden performed stronger than expected. 

The North Carolina and Nevada hires were first reported by Politico, and the Wisconsin hires were first reported by The Associated Press. All were confirmed by The Hill.

The campaign’s ramp up in the battleground states has been a priority of campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, who has boasted that Biden is set up to expand the electoral map in November to states like Arizona, Georgia and even Texas.

“This is something we are very, very focused on,” O’Malley Dillon told reporters at a digital briefing last month. “We believe there will be an expanded map in 2020. We believe there will be battleground states that have never been battleground states before.”