DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Beto O’Rourke has hired 37 staffers to help with organizing in Iowa, boosting his team to 44 in the state that kicks off presidential primary voting and could become make-or-break for him.
Some 2020 presidential hopefuls have larger Iowa staffs, but O’Rourke’s now approaching the upper tier. His campaign announced a “statewide weekend of action” beginning Saturday featuring canvassing.
The former Texas congressman and his wife, Amy, also will open a Cedar Rapids campaign office, his first outside Des Moines, on June 8.
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Not counting that visit, the campaign says O’Rourke has attended 67 Iowa town halls and house parties since mid-March. He’s driven nearly 2,700 miles, usually doing so himself, and taken 200-plus “questions from Iowans.”
O’Rourke has seen once-promising polling numbers fall, increasing pressure to perform in Iowa.
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