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Report: Clinton Sending More Organizers, Funds To Arizona

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Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is now targeting Arizona as a state it might win. Representatives of the campaign have notified Arizona democratic leaders of plans to transfer funds to hire more field organizers.

According to the Washington Post,  Arizona and Georgia are being added to the Clinton campaign list. It’s not clear how much the Clinton campaign will spend in the two states, the money may also help down ballot Democratic candidates.

Neither Arizona nor Georgia was part of the first round of states the Clinton campaign targeted with money for television advertising and larger field staffs.

According to the Real Clear Politics poll average for the period ending August 5, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in Arizona by three-tenths of a percentage point and Trump is trailing Clinton in Georgia.

Arizona last voted for a democratic presidential candidate in 1996, during President Bill Clinton’s second term.

Matthew Benson of the Phoenix-based government relations firm Veridus remains skeptical of Clinton's chances here.

"It’s fine for them to talk about a few hundred thousand dollars to fund field workers— that’s great, whatever," he said. But I want to see if that race is actually close after Labor Day, if they start dropping million dollar, multi-million dollar investments in Arizona, then I’ll believe it’s in play."

Benson says part of this effort may be to force the Trump campaign to spend money in a reliably red state, pointing out that every dollar spent here is a dollar not spent in states like Ohio and Florida.

KJZZ’s News Director Al Macias is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.Macias helps oversee daily operations for the KJZZ newsroom and Fronteras: the Changing America Desk. This is second nature for Macias, who is a National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Society member and an inductee of the Society of Professional Journalists Order of the Silver Key Society.Macias began serving the KJZZ news team in October 2010, helping the station launch Fronteras: The Changing America Desk as the project's managing editor. He became the news director in January 2015. Macias, who has an extensive television background, is helping Fronteras Desk reporters disseminate reports using a multimedia platform that includes radio, web, video and social media tools to engage listeners across the globe.He also is no stranger to building a news team from the ground up. Macias was part of the management team that launched the KNXV newsroom in 1994 and oversaw its growth from a staff of twenty to more than sixty in less than a year. Additionally, he served in managerial roles at KPNX from 1981-1994 and as an assignment editor and manager for KTVK.During his television career, Macias won two Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards for spot news coverage and public service programming.Macias takes great pride in his public service work, as well. He is a founding board member of the Arizona Latino Media Association and is part of the Raul H. Castro Institute Advisory Committee. In addition, he served Maricopa County’s communications department and spent time as a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau.A Phoenix native, Macias earned a journalism degree from Arizona State University. He has been married since 1978 and has two adult daughters.