Donald Trump’s campaign bolsters its staff in Georgia

Donald Trump stands with Mike Pence. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump stands with Mike Pence. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s campaign is increasing its staff in Georgia as Hillary Clinton rumbles about competing in the Peach State.

Days after Clinton’s campaign hired a new senior adviser in Georgia, Trump’s operation said it was adding two new staffers to its Atlanta operation: Jennifer Hazelton, a former TV producer, to handle communications and Billy Kirkland, a veteran of Sen. David Perdue’s campaign, to serve as senior strategist.

“We have assembled an all-star team dedicated to keeping Georgia in the Republican win column,” said Brandon Phillips, Trump’s Georgia state director. “We are committed to taking Mr. Trump’s message to all Georgians, and turning the enthusiasm of this grassroots movement into votes to win in November.”

It came the same day the Trump campaign announced a broader shakeup at the top ranks, promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager and Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News to chief executive officer.

The staff moves are a significant measure of campaign resources, though the handful of staffers in Georgia are a small fraction of the hundreds of operatives flooding more competitive states.

Georgia hasn’t turned blue since Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory in the Peach State, but Georgia Democrats hope skepticism over Trump and changing demographics turn it into a tossup state. Recent polls seem to bolster their case: An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released this month showed Clinton with a slight edge over Trump in the state, and others show a tightening race.

And every dollar both campaigns spend here is a dollar they’re not spending in Ohio and other traditional battleground states.

Whether Clinton’s campaign intends to compete in Georgia or force Trump to play defense in a traditionally red state remains to be seen. But the campaign is stepping up its efforts in Georgia.

Clinton’s camp signaled Sunday it would send Tracey Lewis, a veteran Democratic strategist who was a top adviser to 2014 Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, to Georgia as a senior adviser to coordinate grassroots activities. And her campaign pumped an initial six-figure sum to the Georgia Democratic Party this week to hire field organizers.

More: Hillary Clinton boosts her efforts in Georgia

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Renate Diebold
Renate Diebold

Ok Georgia let's show our love for Amerca, life liberty and the PERSUIT of happiness. That means keeping our rights under the Amendment intact. VOTE TRUMP

Stephi Davis
Stephi Davis

Georgia does not want a bigot, racist, narcissist, psychopath, sociopath, pathological liar w/only a child's IQ!!...GO BLUE!!!

Betty Lachapelle
Betty Lachapelle

From Ga and I'm all for TRUMP!!!!!\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Deborah F. Edwards
Deborah F. Edwards

Okay Cyn Sneed, we're on! Your name even sounds fake! Are u really dense enough to want a stuffy old broad with a history of criminal activity and lowest of standards for the highest public position in our land? You really must be a career criminal. . . Otherwise you would not tolerate her incapacity for following the law!

Carl Littrell
Carl Littrell

IT MUST BE STAFF INFECTION TRUMP JUST LIKE A OPEN SORE

Jodi Fleming Thomas
Jodi Fleming Thomas

Liberal idiots never cease to amaze me at their sheer ignorance and delusion totally disregarding lying crooked Hillary and ALL the scandals she is associated with. LMAO

Delores Carter
Delores Carter

If God is for him no one can stop him. No Christian in their right mind would vote for Hillary !!!!

Vicky Wells
Vicky Wells

I'm ready to join the team in Georgia. How can I help? Go Trump!

Joyce Thompson Whitmire
Joyce Thompson Whitmire

Well i see RED all the way !! Trump will be President !! Going to give all the blue JOB'S,BETTER INS. FOR EVERY ONE !!

Johnny Hambrick
Johnny Hambrick

You go Donald Trump we need you as the president so you can fix this messed up country and I know you will fix it only the idiots will vote for that crooked Hillary Clinton

Tracy Coyle
Tracy Coyle

May your loss here be even greater than Bill's win!

Renee Dutton Keeton
Renee Dutton Keeton

funny how the picture and caption all were changed when 'they' saw that Trump supporters were in force today.... Seems the picture up top mentioned something about TRUMP FLAILING........ Georgia Politics News Now - you can tell money was sent to Georgia when BO came a few weeks back........funny how MONEY changes one's honesty.........

Bill Crawford
Bill Crawford

I hope Ga.is lot smarter than even thinking of voting for a lying corrupt stealing lesbian murderer....I can't see her as a toilet cleaner..

Ju-Lian Fee
Ju-Lian Fee

Is there really that many ignorant people in Georgia that would want clinton ??? She should have been indicted..clinton foundation should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law..Over 28,000 muslim refugees this year alone brought to our country...Come on people , WAKE UP...

Jonathan Webber
Jonathan Webber

Hahaha. They totally diverted resources to a state that Hillary does not need to win. They have no idea how to manage a campaign.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Get your money up front, Trump employees.

June McDermott
June McDermott

I.m a Georgian, & No I will not vote for Trump ....He is a fake & a danger to our country!!! I.m with her ...Stronger together!

Lisa Sowell
Lisa Sowell

I cannot believe that she can call Trump a fake By God there is something wrong with people that see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears how killary Clinton has operated over the last 30 to 40 years and still vote for this lying criminal that has literally sold this country to the highest bidder. Is is just unbelievable I don't get it and I don't understand it

Renee Dutton Keeton
Renee Dutton Keeton

Stronger together??? Really, you have such SMALL regard to the TRUTH>? mmm, mm. I am praying for all you that are BLINDED by her. She is terrible for our country. TERRIBLE> We will NEVER KNOW what is REALLY going on if left for HER to speak the truth. Sad, really sad. I bet your Mama would be ashamed of all you Hillary supporters. Shame on you.

G Stephen Henry
G Stephen Henry

Before anyone on here speaks of business credentials, let's see some taxes. He beat up Mitt Romney in 12 for this issue, now it's time to belly up to the bar. He's running on being a business man, we need to see where you stand financially, if you're going to tout your business acumen.

Pat Sears
Pat Sears

AJC is liberal, so don't put stock in what they report.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

So, Trump isn't hiring staff in Georgia?

Josie Redwine
Josie Redwine

You should ignore everything you disagree with. Look how well that turned out in 2008 and 2012. You are an under informed voter.

Pat Sears
Pat Sears

Nolan Teter I just read that he is hiring two people named.

Deborah Johnson
Deborah Johnson

I believe the current administration is racist! Hillary uses color for votes! Trump is honest!!

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Have your black friends told you that?

Deborah Johnson
Deborah Johnson

Nolan Teter Actually no. I have eyes and ears and can see for myself. If you don't see it then your dead and dumb!!

Renee Dutton Keeton
Renee Dutton Keeton

To have such SMALL regard to the TRUTH>? mmm, mm. I am praying for all you that are BLINDED by her. She is terrible for our country. TERRIBLE> We will NEVER KNOW what is REALLY going on if left for HER to speak the truth. Sad, really sad. I bet your Mama would be ashamed of all you Hillary supporters. Shame on you.

Renee Dutton Keeton
Renee Dutton Keeton

Really, you have such SMALL regard to the TRUTH>? mmm, mm. I am praying for all you that are BLINDED by her. She is terrible for our country. TERRIBLE> We will NEVER KNOW what is REALLY going on if left for HER to speak the truth. Sad, really sad. I bet your Mama would be ashamed of all you Hillary supporters. Shame on you.

Arlie Rufus
Arlie Rufus

Spend that money in Georgia. Sure that was in the original budget

Connie Appling
Connie Appling

Trump more PRESIDENTIAL than the president - make America safe & great again\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

What makes Trump Presidential? His foul mouth. His disdain for women and minorities? His love of Putin?

Connie Appling
Connie Appling

Nolan Teter uh, going to shed light on the plight of homeless in Louisiana??? Please don't tell me you are the same as corrupt, lying, despicable Hil/Liar? & you don't love our country & will allow it to be sold out by greedy money grubbing career politician leech???? She lines HER pockets!!! Trump did NOT leave Americans to DIE as they were begging for help- but Hil/Liar DID!!!! Vote for Trump for your kids & grandkids if you want them to live in a country anything like what you have enjoyed. If not you are just another Blind, deaf, dumb, corrupt, lying sheep being silently led to your OWN slaughter! I do NOT have time for brainless MORONS!!!!! Make America safe & GREAT again\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Toni Millard
Toni Millard

Most GA voters are smart enough to vote for jobs and safety ,lower taxes, and end of Obamacare . GO TRUMP

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Most Georgians are smart enough to vote against fascism.

GenenDawn Douglas
GenenDawn Douglas

Georgia is for Trump! The only candidate who loves America and all of her people.

Aggie Joseph
Aggie Joseph

Go Trump Go! WE ARE SENDING TRUMP AND AMERICA IS BEHIND HIM!

Josie Redwine
Josie Redwine

You are a little delusional. I feel sad for you.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Where are we sending him? Siberia or Mars, I hope.