Republicans move campaign staff out of New Mexico
September 20th, 2012
03:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans move campaign staff out of New Mexico

Washington (CNN) - Republicans are moving three staffers out of Democratic-leaning New Mexico and shifting them to Colorado and Nevada, two states where the presidential race is more competitive.

The Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney's campaign will continue to maintain staff and victory offices in New Mexico, a spokesman for the RNC said.

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But the moves are a clear sign that party officials see Colorado and Nevada as higher priorities on the electoral map.

"The GOP Victory team is bolstering our organizations in the key battlegrounds of Colorado and Nevada, two places where the President is hemorrhaging support thanks to his failed economic policies," RNC Spokesman Tim Miller said when asked about the moves.

The "Victory Team" is the joint political operation and turnout effort run by the RNC and Romney campaign.

"Our team will continue advocating for Governor Romney and his plan to strengthen the middle class in each of these states where voters know that we can do better than the past four years," Miller added.

President Obama has a tiny but statistically insignificant lead in both Colorado and Nevada, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

Republicans are confident about their ground game in those two states and have made over 1 million voter contacts in both.

In New Mexico, though, the RCP polling average shows Obama with a roughly 10-point lead - and neither campaign is running television ads in the state.

New Mexico used to be more competitive turf. President George W. Bush won the state in 2004 by less than a single percentage point.

But Obama crushed Sen. John McCain there by 15 points in 2008.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. TheVoice2

    Mitt Phony's motto "make me President now, I'll give you details later"

    September 20, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. rs

    One would think that with all of the Super-PAC payola the GOP has raked in that they could actually afford to fight everywhere all at once. Maybe they aren't so good at money management after all.

    September 20, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Andrew

    shouldnt this read, "move them out of New Mexico and into Nevada"?

    September 20, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Thomas

    @TheVoice2
    Mitt Phony's motto "make me President now, I'll give you details later"

    I guess New Mexico is part of the 47% .
    This shows his comitment to money , not of honer.

    September 20, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Gary Johnson is screwing up Willard's chances of winning New Mexico.

    September 20, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. gwats

    Looks like Willard's chickens are coming home to roost. Not apologizing for insulting so many voters ? Seriously BAD idea!

    September 20, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    No surprise. Soon they will be packing up entirely, and retreating out of CO and NV as well. They know they are losing: T-Paw has already taken a private-sector job, rather than go down with Romney.

    September 20, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMBAO...............CO def wont help robo-Robme and Nevada will most likely be big NOT for mittins, lol run repuks run.

    September 20, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Andrea Sharp

    You are so right. Mr. Romney isn't worthy of my vote. We already know what he is go to do. There is nothing else he can tell me. Half the country that votes for Obama are victims, irresponsible, and government dependent.

    September 20, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. BeverlyNC

    Romney should just end his campaign completely. He has still not finished changing his views on his insulting "47%" statement. Romney is lying to the People. He claims his Mexican father lived on welfare but Romney himself grew up in a very rich household, never worked for anything, went to private schools, had his father pay for everything he needed or wanted. The whole laughable story about him and Ann living in a basement apartment. Romney's father paid for that, his education while he lived there, and Romney cashed in stock whenever they needed extra cash. Boo- hoo – that's not the story of average Americans who truly work for their education and success. Romney is a fraud and has been nothing but dishonest from the start. Republicans did not even want him and are running from him in droves.

    September 20, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. B.

    Smart move,NO support here Mr. Romney.... Nevada will be next, He just does not get it and never will. It is not in his DNA.-

    September 20, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. FrankinSD

    So Mitt's long, slow surrender has begun.

    September 20, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Obamacare = Obama cares about the young, elderly, poor and disabled. Romneycare = "I don't care about the poor"! Repeal? Replace? With What?

    Oops, according to Nate you neo-cons are a day late and a dollar short, Nevada and Colorado are already "leaning libtard".

    Oh, and since Rassmussie is the only "unbiased" poll, according to you trolls and baggers, it has the President up 2 over Robme today.

    BBBBBBBBBBBBWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    September 20, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Robo

    The thing is Republicans want to make this election about the economy. When the debates come up next month, the President is going to let them. And I think that is going to blow up in the GOP's face.

    September 20, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. beau

    I used to be a repub till congress was taken over by the tea party and Romney as our candidate.I cannot support a man who is a draft dodger and a tax evader.The repub congress has done nothing for vets,nothing for the middleclass.All of the good repubs have gone or have been forced out by the extremists that care nothing for the average joe or veterans like myself.Until we get real candidates that care for the middleclass and vets I will not vote for the repubs.Honor and respect,and caring for this nation is what the repubs used to stand for ,now we have wackjobs from the tea party holding america hostage and thats as un patriotic as it gets,it is hurting many americans,our economy and soldiers who are looking for work. Romney is not the answer he is the problem with America with his lies and phony religion...Sorry this voter will stay an ex repub till the party becomes honerable again.

    September 20, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. beau

    Dear Hispanics,
    If any of you are considering handing your vote to the GOP, please visit the Fox Entertainment News comment section under any article that mentions race or immigration. Read the comments (or read the comments from conservatives visiting this website), and ask yourself if you want to be on the same side as these "people."Those comments were so disgusting that Fox decided to shut down comments on their articles. You can't comment on articles anymore there. A left wing Mexican Mormon and an Indian Hindu (no, not Native American, the other kind).
    Now that's what I call a right wing Christian conservative dream ticket.
    LMAO
    This has to be a funny movie, this cannot be real.

    September 20, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. 1twinsfan

    Si se puede, eh, Mitt? You offended my Latino husband with your comments therefore, you offended me.

    September 20, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Womble

    Ever been to NM. I live in Texas but own a vacation home in Santa Fe. People are either wealthy or poor and not much in between. It would be a hard sell for the GOP. Even the rich people are liberals as a lot of them are from blue states and have one of their many homes in the state. Its a ecclectic state but very beautiful in some portions.

    September 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. fukntbaggers

    YES, the begining of the GOP Retreat!. I'm just LMFAO as I see these Repugs Sweat & realizing that they're DONE!.
    OBAMA/BIDEN & All the other DEMOCRATS on the BALLOTS in 2012!.

    September 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. WDinDallas

    Gov. Susana Martinez will bring New Mexico to Romney.

    September 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. chuck

    Thomas.....It's spelled Honor, not Honer. Stupid people vote Democrat and it shows.

    September 20, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. truth hurts

    I doubt New Mexico was ever in play for Romney. Good move.

    September 20, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. whay

    Republicans are moving campaign staff out of New Mexico and other states because they’re all 47%, they’re not needed by GOP

    September 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Facts don't Lie

    I thought the Republican Latina governor of that state made it a shoo-in for Romney. Heck even SHE had to distance herself from Romney's 47% comment.

    September 20, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Jim

    They should all pack up and move to the Cayman Islands.

    September 20, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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