NewsPublic Affairs / August 25, 2016

Trump-Pence Campaign To Mobilize In Indiana

Indiana GOP chair Jeff Cardwell sits between the Trump-Pence campaign's Rex Early and Tony Samuel. - Brandon Smith/IPBS

Indiana GOP chair Jeff Cardwell sits between the Trump-Pence campaign's Rex Early and Tony Samuel.

Brandon Smith/IPBS

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana branch of the Trump-Pence campaign will mobilize over the next few weeks in an effort to ensure Indiana won’t be in play for Hillary Clinton this November.

In the limited polling Indiana has seen so far in the presidential race, Republican Donald Trump has a sizeable, even commanding lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

But state Republican Party chair Jeff Cardwell says that doesn’t mean his political organization can relax as the campaign heads into the fall: “You never take anything for granted in any political race, I think it’s very important that we do a road show, get in front of people, let them know where we stand and why we stand there.”

The Trump-Pence Indiana campaign consists of three paid staffers. Vice chair Tony Samuel says the local team’s efforts will be boosted largely by volunteers and resources from the state GOP.

“Make it so clear that there’s no chance for Trump to lose, that Trump’s going to win this state – so that there’s no chance that it is in play,” Samuel says.

Samuel says there is no Trump in-person appearance in Indiana on the horizon. But Trump-Pence Indiana campaign chair Rex Early said that won’t change the campaign’s strategy.

“And I’m telling you, we’re going to be on Hillary like a fat boy on a muffin,” Early says.

The Clinton campaign has maintained an Indiana presence since May’s primary.

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