Trump Continues to Struggle in Battleground States with Lacking Ground Game

Blake Rutherford
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On Fox Business News' "Making Money with Charles Payne," Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies group, discussed Donald Trump’s ability to bridge the gap with Hillary Clinton in the general election. When asked about the tightening poll numbers between the candidates, Blake said, “We have to look at this state by state. Hillary Clinton has wide leads in Pennsylvania and Virginia; she’s ahead in Ohio and Florida. At the end of the day, those are the states that matter and are going to decide this election. Donald Trump is way behind. The money that her campaign has raised has been spent smartly and in these important states, which is making a big difference.” View the full clip here to hear Blake’s insights on the next topic surrounding the Obama administration’s approach to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Blake’s second segment evaluated Donald Trump’s recent ad buys focusing on the state of the U.S. economy. Blake noted that “it is way too late for Trump to get into the paid advertising game” and that a “robust field operation,” which Trump lacks is vital to a successful strategy. When the other panelist claimed that the RNC is leading an active ground game effort, Blake disputed that this served as an adequate substitute. “Donald Trump’s campaign has had to outsource to the RNC because [his people] don’t have any idea what they are doing,” Blake contrasted this effort to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in his home state of Pennsylvania. “Having talked to her campaign and having spent time with her state director, the Clinton field operation is more sophisticated than Barack Obama’s in 2008, which was the most sophisticated operation we have ever seen. To suggest that the RNC has a field game that is ready to help Donald Trump is a fallacy.” View the full clip here.