Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. (DNC photo)
The Democratic National Committee is adding Nevada to its targets for the 2020 election, gearing up for what they expect to be a tough fight against President Donald Trump in November.
The national party last month began its effort to expand investments in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona. On Tuesday, the DNC announced a second round of its multi-million dollar “Battleground Build-Up 2020” investments — expanding the program to six additional states, including Nevada.
During the mid-terms Nevada Democrats experienced a “blue wave” and elected its second Democratic senator, Jacky Rosen, and two additional Democratic house members, Rep. Steven Horsford and Rep. Susie Lee, as well as the first Nevada Democratic governor in the 21st century, Steve Sisolak, along with a majority Democratic state legislature.
The only Republican to win a statewide office was Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.
“I’d contend Nevada is still a swing state” wrote Molly Forgey, communications director for the Nevada Democratic Party in an email.
The states included in the program expansion along with Nevada are Georgia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.
“The DNC is making historic, early investments to build strong, multiple pathways for our eventual nominee to win in November and support Democrats at every level of the ballot,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez in a statement. “By investing in these states now, we’re putting the Trump campaign on defense, helping ensure our eventual nominee will be able grow their general election operation as quickly as possible, and helping make sure that every Democrat running for office has the infrastructure they need to be successful.”
Meanwhile, the Nevada state party celebrated the 2020 presidential caucuses as its “most expansive, accessible and transparent caucus yet.” More than 105,000 voters turned out across four days of early voting and Caucus Day on Feb. 22.
According to a press release announcing, “Battleground Build-Up 2020” has three main priorities:
- Securing 270 electoral votes for the November election
- Supporting down-ballot elections
- Investing in communities of color
The DNC noted there “was no comparable investment made by the DNC at this point during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.”
Additional states and funding could be added as the cycle continues, according to the DNC.
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