Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is deploying campaign staff to Colorado next week in an effort to maintain the former mayor’s momentum into Super Tuesday after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, his campaign said Thursday.
Organizers are scheduled to arrive in Colorado and other states that will vote March 3, the Buttigieg campaign said, to assist teams of volunteers that have been on the ground for months. In addition, the campaign plans to boost activity by local groups of Buttigieg supporters, including students and veterans.
“We are building the campaign that will not only win this nomination but will defeat Donald Trump in November,” said Samantha Steelman, the campaign’s organizing director for Super Tuesday states, in a statement.
“To compete in all the states on Super Tuesday, you need a massive network of grassroots volunteers. For months, we have had a team that has been building that organization by harnessing the energy and grassroots momentum behind Pete and turning it into real organizing work.”
Mail ballots started going out this week to Colorado voters, who cast ballots along with 14 other states and territories on March 3, known as Super Tuesday, when 34% of the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination will be awarded.
Caz Margenau, the campaign’s volunteer lead in Colorado, said that Buttigieg supporters have been networking and staging voter-contact events in the state since last April, with about 150 volunteer staff and a growing roster of nearly 2,000 supporters ready to campaign ahead of the primary.
After the Democrats’ first two contests, Buttigieg has amassed a slim delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist who edged Buttigieg in this week’s New Hampshire’s primary by a narrow margin and finished in a virtual tie with Buttigieg in last week’s Iowa caucuses.