Donald Trump and the RNC have a massive effort to connect to voters on the ground, especially in swing states, part of a more traditional approach to campaigning than Team Trump used four years ago. Joe Biden and the DNC have eschewed this retail politicking altogether, arguing that voters don’t want door visits in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they’re sticking with nothing but national messaging and a few personal appearances from Biden.
It’s a big gamble from Team Biden, and the Washington Examiner points out its full scope in a report about the RNC’s $67.6 million August fundraising:
The Trump and Biden strategies are vastly different. Biden, said GOP officials, needs more money to run his campaign on TV instead of in person. While he does a few in-person events, Biden mostly Zooms his effort out of his house. Trump, meanwhile, has been hosting large rallies and dispatching troops to knock on doors.
The RNC effort funds what McDaniel called the largest field and data operation in party history: 2,000 and enough volunteers to top the 2.2 million who helped former President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
So far, it has made 100 million voter contacts, and it has spent over $250 million on voter contact efforts to promote the whole Republican ticket.