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 BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump 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 TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad 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 ClintonHillicon Valley: Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' | Facebook takes down Roger Stone-affiliated accounts, pages | State and local officials beg Congress for more elections funds OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump 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 BurrBiden campaign adds staff in three battleground states Exclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? Trump asserts his power over Republicans 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 WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits 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 RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Trump administration narrows suspects in Russia bounties leak investigation: report 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 BaldwinBiden campaign adds staff in three battleground states Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden Warren top choice for VP for some Black progressives 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 MooreBiden campaign adds staff in three battleground states On The Money: Dow plunges more than 1,800 points as rising COVID-19 cases roil Wall Street | Trump rips Fed after Powell warns of 'long road' to recovery Nursing homes under scrutiny after warnings of seized stimulus checks 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.”