CNN: Trump campaign planning to hire staff in Oregon
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is considering spending money in Oregon, despite the Democratic Party's domination of the state, according to a CNN report.
According to the June 11 report, CNN obtained a memo to the campaign from pollster Tony Fabrizio "about ideas for 'expanding the map' to give the President more options for getting the 270 electoral votes needed to win the re-election, where he mentions looking at Oregon."
A senior Trump campaign adviser told CNN that they are considering hiring staff to "test the waters" in Oregon after hearing from Fabrizio and talking to their National Republican Congressional Committee counterparts.
Hillary Clinton beat Trump by 11 points in Oregon in the 2016 general election.
"To be sure, the Trump campaign is under no illusion that Oregon is winnable at this point, but they also know that re-taking states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan or even Iowa, where the President is traveling on Tuesday, are hardly sure bets," said the report, which quotes the adviser as saying, "If we are a month out and a previous victory like Michigan is not possible, would be nice to know other states are options."
The report also quotes an Oregon Democratic Party official as insisting that Trump doesn't stand a chance in the state.
"It makes sense that the GOP would be interested in refurbishing their reputation out here. Their party has championed putting kids in cages, taking health care away from working families and defiling the Constitution. This is not the Oregon way," said Molly Woon, deputy director of the Oregon Democratic Party. "They're welcome to visit, but they should be prepared for an icy reception from Oregon voters."
The report also says national Republicans are hoping to recruit a strong GOP candidate to challenge longtime Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio.
You can find the CNN report here.