In an attempt to reach out to black voters, President Donald Trump is planning to open campaign offices in 15 cities with large African American populations in a number of swing states, including Florida.
Trump’s reelection campaign is opening five offices in his adopted home state, including Tallahassee. Others will be in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.
“With the economy booming and black unemployment at record lows, we are finding our base expanding,” said Evan Power, Leon County’s GOP chairman, who said the campaign reached out to him to help find an office location in Tallahassee, possibly in the downtown area.
“At Trump rallies we are seeing minority groups make up more than 10 percent of our attendees” Power added. “So it makes sense that we would be targeting our growing base of potential voters who are benefiting from the Trump economy and may be scared of the socialist views that the Democratic Party is embracing.”
Still other cities include Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina; as well as Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, Power said.
The Trump campaign is opening offices where there is high foot traffic to attract a group that he didn’t fare well with in 2016 and has been aggressively courting during his re-election campaign.
“We see the numbers coming up in the polls and the demand on the ground when we do these types of events, so it’s really important that we take this next step and really bring those voters into the party,” Katrina Pierson, a senior Trump campaign adviser, told NPR.
Trump received 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, and 83 percent of blacks consider him a racist, according to a recent Washington Post-Ipsos poll. But in a close election, even a small increase can help, elections experts have said.
If these offices do well, campaign officials said, they may consider similar opening similar spaces to focus on Latino voters.
When the office opens, Trump will be the second candidate to establish a brick and mortar presence in the capital city.
Earlier this month, Democratic presidential candidate and billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg opened a Tallahassee field office 214 S. Bronough St. — the former downtown headquarters of the Florida Democratic Party.