March 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm
With the GOP field locked in a dragged-out primary contest, national and state Republicans are working aggressively to coordinate ground efforts in Florida to compete with President Obama’s re-election team, which has been organizing heavily in the state over the last three months.
The RNC is deploying a large “cadre” of staffers to Florida and working with the state Republican Party to set up field offices and outreach efforts, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Florida GOP plans to open 10 campaign field offices over the next two weeks, part of a larger voter registration and outreach drive coordinated with the RNC. The offices will later serve as campaign headquarters for the nominee.
In terms of operations, the GOP has significant ground to make-up in Florida. Obama’s re-election campaign has already opened 18 field offices in the state and devoted significant resources and staff to organizing. “President Obama’s campaign never left Florida, and OFA has been opening offices across the state — building the infrastructure and recruiting the supporters we need to win,” Florida Democratic Party spokesperson David Bergstein said recently.