Hillary Clinton campaign investing in Democratic Party of Georgia

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to members of the audience after speaking at a rally at Osceola Heritage Park, in Kissimmee, Fla., Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to members of the audience after speaking at a rally at Osceola Heritage Park, in Kissimmee, Fla., Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is making nascent moves into the Peach State.

Democratic Party of Georgia officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Democratic nominee’s campaign called late Monday to discuss plans to “expand their investment.”

A person with direct knowledge of the phone call, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said the Clinton campaign committed to sending money to the state party to hire more field organizers.

The Washington Post and others reported Tuesday that the campaign was sending money to parties in both Georgia and Arizona.

Georgia party executive director Rebecca DeHart did not offer specifics of Clinton’s investment, but said the news is good for her side.

“We look forward to working with the Clinton campaign over the coming months here in Georgia, and are excited about their interest in the state,” DeHart said. “Secretary Clinton overwhelmingly carried this state in the primary election and we stand ready to deliver Georgia to her in November.”

The development comes days after the AJC released a new poll showing Clinton with a narrow lead in the state, and the day after another poll showed her with an even wider lead.

The polls have catapulted Georgia into the national discussion, if not directly into the map of battleground states. Over at fivethirtyeight.com, one of the premier data-driven political sites in the country, Nate Silver’s folks are wondering if, in fact, Georgia is in play.

And, again, while it’s not yet clear what sort of investment the Clinton campaign is planning here, Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday said it needs to be significant. The mayor, a major Clinton backer, said he believes Clinton needs to devote between $8 million and $15 million here.

 


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