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Hampshire "100 Days Until Election Day" Memo
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Mike Vlacich, Hillary for New Hampshire State Director
John Bisognano, New Hampshire Together Coordinated Campaign Director
DATE: August 1, 2016
RE: 100 Days Until Election Day
With 100 days remaining in this campaign, Hillary for New Hampshire, the “New Hampshire Together” Coordinated Campaign and the New Hampshire Democratic Party are building a historic grassroots organization that will be well-equipped to turn out every vote for Hillary Clinton, Maggie Hassan, Annie Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter, and Democrats up and down the ticket on Election Day.
Both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Bernie Sanders campaign prioritized building a robust network of passionate and devoted volunteers during the primary. Therefore, the New Hampshire Together Coordinated Campaign--comprised of former Sanders, O’Malley, Obama and Clinton staffers and volunteers--began with a base of engaged volunteers that have transitioned into general election mode.
We have nine regional New Hampshire Together organizing offices--with the tenth opening this weekend--and a coordinated campaign headquarters. We have held three statewide "Days of Action," 294 phone banks, 36 watch parties, 38 house parties, and 228 canvasses across the state in the past eight weeks to engage volunteers and contact thousands of voters. In contrast, throughout the summer, the RNC and New Hampshire Republican Party have struggled to build any state campaign infrastructure, secure volunteers, or make much of a financial investment.
However, elections in New Hampshire have been historically close. Three of the last four presidential elections have been decided by 5 points or less. Public polling reflects the fact that this election will also be close. For that reason, the building out of our organizing team and volunteer network has been our primary objective since April.
Following this week in Philadelphia, we believe the strength of our organization will continue to grow and expand as voters--Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike--become engaged and recognize the risk that Donald Trump poses to our economy and national security.
Senator Sanders visited New Hampshire to offer his full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The largest union in the state--SEIU 1984--which had endorsed Sanders in the primary, has since endorsed Hillary Clinton. And following a historic roll call vote at the convention this week, Sanders delegates repeatedly indicated that they will support Hillary Clinton as the official Democratic nominee for president.
Organizations and individuals that remained neutral during the primary have also joined our coalition, including the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, and New Hampshire House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff. And we continue to capitalize on the tremendous support Hillary for New Hampshire earned during the primary from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn, and numerous other state and local legislators.
And as Republicans like former U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey make clear that they will never support Donald Trump, Hillary for New Hampshire continues to earn the support of well-respected, longtime Republicans. That list includes:
- Former Assistant Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush Betty Tamposi, who announced her endorsement last week in an op-ed.
- Army Ranger and Green Beret officer with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Jim Steiner, who also announced recently in an op-ed.
- Former NHGOP spokesman and McCain campaign staffer Mark Lenzi, who announced his support in an interview with WMUR's John DiStaso.
- Republican former State Senator Rick Russman.
- Owner and President of the Mount Washington Railway Company Wayne Presby.
- Owner of three franchised car dealerships, a repair shop, a body shop, and a NAPA store, Donna Hosmer.
We believe that our message that Donald Trump is ill-fit and unqualified to lead the United States economy will resonate especially with New Hampshire voters. We’ve been able to draw a contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump through earned media events that point out Trump’s plan to eliminate the federal minimum wage, history of stiffing contractors and small businesses, and past comments rooting for the housing crisis.
We will also continue to highlight the details of Hillary’s economic plan, which will directly benefit Granite Staters. In addition to proposals that would make college more affordable, lower the cost of child care, and achieve equal pay, Clinton has laid out a “First 100 Days” Jobs Plan that will impact New Hampshire by making investments in infrastructure, clean energy, manufacturing, and small business.
- Infrastructure: Hillary will create jobs, energize New Hampshire’s economy, and make transport easier for manufacturers and small business owners by increasing funding by $275 billion over five years. New Hampshire’s infrastructure has received a grade of “C” from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Nearly a third of the state’s bridges are “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” and in need of repair, and over half of New Hampshire’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Clean Energy: Hillary will set bold national goals to have half a billion solar panels installed by the end of her first term and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America—including the more than 500,000 households in New Hampshire —within 10 years, creating good-paying jobs in clean energy.
- Manufacturing: Hillary’s “Make it in America” plan will strengthen New Hampshire’s $7.7 billion manufacturing industry by reforming our tax code so we reward investments in the state’s manufacturing jobs. Hillary will invest $10 billion in manufacturing communities across the country, including here in New Hampshire, adding to the over 66,000 manufacturing jobs all over the state.
- Small Business: Hillary will cut red tape, provide tax relief, and expand access to capital so that the more than 130,000 small businesses in New Hampshire can grow, hire, and thrive. New Hampshire small businesses employ more than 280,000 people, and Hillary knows that small business owners need access to financing and credit to build, grow, expand, and hire. Hillary will provide tax relief and tax simplification for the 17,000 New Hampshire smallest businesses with fewer than five employees.
We have found that Granite Staters across the political spectrum are excited to support Hillary Clinton for president. Clinton's first return to the state as a general election candidate drew thousands. During that event, our organizing team utilized a mobile sign-up system, enabling us to follow up and begin a conversation with them about volunteer opportunities and upcoming events. This week, Hillary for America launched an unprecedented app that will help to organize volunteers through their mobile devices.
Hillary for New Hampshire is in a strong position leading into the final 100 days, the Get Out the Vote (GOTV) phase, and Election Day. We continue to live up to Hillary Clinton’s pledge to earn every vote and take nothing for granted. It is through that motto, along with a coordinated campaign that vastly outpaces any Republican organizing effort, that we will help to elect Hillary Clinton the first female president.