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Orlando Sentinel: Trump Won Florida With Years of GOP Ground Game

Orlando Sentinel: Trump Won Florida With Years of GOP Ground Game

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By    |   Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:55 PM

President-elect Donald Trump was able to win Florida thanks to a concerted Republican effort that the party began implementing years ago, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

"It was the culmination of a four-year process," Republican National Committee Southeast Regional Political Director Josh Kivett said. Chairman Reince Priebus had a "strategic vision for a data-driven, permanent ground game."

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton did well in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, improving on President Barack Obama's 2012 numbers there — but Trump's numbers in rural and "exurban" counties pushed him ahead of Clinton by more than 100,000 votes.

Kivett told the Sentinel that the key was the RNC's strategy to divide the state into 254 "turfs," which were staffed by people familiar with each community. "They had a unique understanding of where the challenges were, and where opportunities were," said Brian Bennett, state director for the RNC.

Puerto Rican staffers organized in the Osceola community, and Cuban-American and Haitian-American staff organized in Miami-Dade, and focused on realistic goals: "They knew what their turnout had to be," Kivett said.

While Clinton's numbers improved over Obama's in large counties, Trump's did, too.

The Trump campaign trusted its local directors, Kivett said, calling that the "ultimate example of partnership. "We didn't follow the model as it used to be. Sometimes you have to break the model."

The Huffington Post's Georgianne Nienaber suggested that Trump visiting the Haitian-American community of Little Haiti in Miami could have helped him win the state.

Haitian-American activist Ezili Danto said his victory was a win for rural voters: "The liberal/neo-con white guy is scared and resentful, and the country white guy is celebrating," Danto said.

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