GOP delivers fraction of expected ground force in key states

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Associated Press review of Republican operations in important presidential election states finds there are fewer employees than the national party had planned.

Republican Donald Trump is leaning on the party to do most of his voter outreach. Local officials are anxiously awaiting reinforcements to keep pace with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Republican National Committee has notched record levels of fundraising over the past few years and put together a more robust ground game than it had in 2012. But the real competition is not past numbers but the Clinton of the present.

Some examples of Republican shortfalls: Ohio Republicans thought they were going to see 220 paid staffers by May. In reality there are about 50. Plans for Pennsylvania called for 190 paid staffers. There are about 60.

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