In Florida, Trump faces a Clinton campaign behemoth

Posted at 1:14 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 13:14:04-04

MIAMI (AP) - Donald Trump's top lieutenants in Florida say they have a deliberate strategy and a large footprint to counter the ground game behemoth that Hillary Clinton has built for the presidential election.

Still, Democrats and even some Republicans question whether Trump has the right approach in such a closely divided state.

Clinton has 51 offices in Florida and about 500 paid staffers. Trump is still opening offices, with plans for a few dozen. He has about 30 paid staffers, along with about 80 field staffers from the Republican Party.

Trump aides note they have volunteer chairmen in each Florida county supervising thousands of volunteers in an effort to reach voters.

But they also acknowledge that Trump's success hinges largely on his direct contact with voters through mass rallies and social media.

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