Butler County Republicans hope to celebrate on Nov. 8 by having Ohio be won by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, which is why they've opened two more offices Tuesday in support of the New York billionaire.
The Republican office openings come on the heels of a number of office openings for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, including last week's office opening in Hamilton.
The Butler County GOP, which opened its first Trump campaign office in West Chester Twp. in August, opened offices Tuesday at 4414 Lewis St. in Middletown and 123 W. High St. in Oxford. The Trump campaign has an official presence at the Butler County GOP headquarters at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp.
Mark Murphy, Butler County GOP’s political director, said there’s been “overwhelming support” for the outspoken Republican nominee.
“I’ve never seen this type of enthusiasm and energy for a presidential candidate before,” he said. “I think we’re witnessing a historic moment for the GOP.”
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The importance of Ohio is illustrated by the fact no Republican has won the White House without winning the Buckeye State. Ohio already has been the state the two presidential candidates have visited the most in the 2016 campaign, and is likely to see more Trump and Clinton visits, as well as their respective surrogates.
“(Voters) want our next president to put American interests first and to stop reckless spending and government overreach,” said Butler County Republican Party Executive Chairman Todd Hall.
Both presidential campaigns are looking at Southwest Ohio as a political battleground for this presidential election. The Clinton campaign has opened 44 field offices in Ohio, and is expected to open more.
“We are working hard for every vote and not taking anything for granted,” said Harrell Kirstein, Ohio spokesman for the Clinton campaign.
The campaign is looking to expand its base, and Kirstein said many of those volunteers are speaking with are voters who may have cast a Republican ballot in the past.
“This election we’re seeing people who may have voted for Republicans previously but they are now planning to vote for Hillary Clinton,” he said. “They are disturbed by Trump’s reckless behavior and ignorance on foreign policy, but they are confident Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander-in-chief on day one. They’re disgusted by Trump’s dangerous and divisive rhetoric.”
Of the nearly four dozen field offices, three opened in Butler and Warren counties in the past several weeks.