The 2020 election may be more than a year away, but the Trump campaign has been building up for months. The campaign has grown a war chest of more than $30 million in the first three months of 2019.
The campaign said it has $40.8 million cash on hand, while the Republican National Committee has raised $45.8 million in 2019. The RNC has put its full support behind the president, that includes a top-notch fundraising and a field program with the latest data.
An RNC spokesperson told Accuracy in Media, “The RNC and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president. Any effort to challenge the president’s nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere.”
On Sunday, Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump’s re-election campaign, said a handful of states could flip from blue to red. During a CBS Face the Nation appearance, Parscale said Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and New Hampshire are in play for the GOP.
In 2016, Trump lost Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado to Hillary Clinton.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 29, 2019
“I think Nevada, you know, even Colorado” are winnable for the campaign,” said Parscale. “And so those are states we did not win in 2016 that I think are open for 2020.”
While we can expect serious GOTV efforts on these four states, the campaign plans to hold steady key Midwest battleground states, such as Michigan and Wisconsin. States such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were key to Trump’s victory in 2016.
Parscale told CBS that the campaign already has plans to deploy 1.6 million volunteers, whereas in 2016 there were about 700,000.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.