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Dems ‘Have a Crisis’ That Could Cripple Their 2020 Presidential Nominee

"Republicans are going to have a major strategic advantage over us in 2020 if we don’t fix it."

By NTK Staff | 12.06.2018 @12:15pm
Dems ‘Have a Crisis’ That Could Cripple Their 2020 Presidential Nominee

The Democratic Party has “a crisis” involving the “party’s most precious commodity – voter data,” according to a report published by Politico on Thursday. The crisis could threaten the Democratic Party’s chances of defeating President Donald Trump in 2020.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), led by Chair Tom Perez has proposed pooling all of the “voter information splintered among state parties, outside groups, and the [DNC]” into one “massive database.”

This proposal has caused a backlash from within the party, as state parties see the DNC’s proposal as “a power grab that could enrich a handful of elite party figures.”

“We have a crisis,” Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager in 2016, told Politico. “Republicans are going to have a major strategic advantage over us in 2020 if we don’t fix it.”

According to Politico, there are advantages with what Perez and the DNC is proposing, but state parties are “skeptical to outright hostile” over the proposal.

Politico reported:

“The structure has two advantages. Because the voter data firm would be set up as a private organization, it would allow Democrats to raise money for it free from campaign finance limits. The setup would also enable liberal groups to integrate the data as they gather it, instead of continuing with the balkanized system currently in place. In theory, the progressive ecosystem could then work in concert to collect more data points on each voter.”

“I’m not willing to give up one of our most important tools to a group of people who have never even worked on a campaign before,” Trav Robertson, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, told Politico about the proposal.

This sentiment was shared by the “more than two dozen state party chairs, vice chairs and executive directors” that Politico interviewed for their story.

While this is all going on, the Republican National Committee has invested heavily in its data operation, spending over $200 million.

“Under DNC Chair Tom Perez, Democrats have made absolutely no progress on revamping their data, which Hillary blasted as “mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong.” Instead, all he’s managed to do is trigger a “fierce backlash” among state parties, which went on the record to slam Perez,” an RNC spokesperson said in a statement. “It’s flattering that the Democrats are trying to replicate it now, but building a data infrastructure on this scale takes time and resources that the DNC simply doesn’t have.”

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