Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has roughly doubled the size of his Nevada team to nearly 100 staffers ahead of the state’s Feb. 22 caucus, his campaign officially announced on Wednesday.
Buttigieg’s campaign, on the heels of a strong second-place victory in New Hampshire Tuesday night, will also be boosting its investment in television and digital ads in the Silver State and launching a new television ad, called “Your Choice.” The spot highlights his so-called Medicare For All Who Want It plan, which proposes to allow Americans to buy into the Medicare system but does not require them to do so.
“If you’re happy with the private insurance you’ve got, my plan would let you stick with it — if you want,” Buttigieg says in the ad. “Now others say it’s Medicare for All or nothing. I approved this message to say, the choice should be yours.”
His campaign declined to specify the exact size of the investment in Nevada, other than to say it is “substantial.”
Of the nearly 100 staffers on the ground, about 80 will be exclusively focused on organizing, according to the campaign. The campaign also has 12 offices across the state, including in rural Pahrump and Fallon.
Buttigieg had finished with about 24.4 percent support in New Hampshire as of early Wednesday morning, just behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won with about 25.7 percent of the vote.