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RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The RNC will announce Monday an eight-figure hiring wave — 300 more Trump Victory staff who'll deploy to target states by June 1, bringing the field staff to 1,100+. 

Why it matters: The RNC says Trump Victory, the joint field effort between the party and the Trump campaign, has transitioned volunteers to digital organizing tools like "Trump Talk," which lets them phone bank from home.

RNC chief of staff Richard Walters: "These unprecedented efforts are building a political juggernaut that will deliver Republican victories up and down the ballot."

The party says Trump Victory teams made 10 million calls last week, an RNC record.

  • The previous record was in 2018 — 7 million calls in the week before midterms.
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Aug 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Republican convention viewership down 26% from first night of 2016

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Roughly 17 million people watched the first night of the Republican National Convention on television during the primary speech hours between 10 p.m.-11 p.m. EST Monday night, according to Nielsen ratings.

Why it matters: That's down more than 26% from the number of TV viewers for the first night of the 2016 RNC. It's also 13% lower than the number of TV viewers who watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention last week.

Networks use live fact-checking during first night of RNC

Screen shot from MSNBC coverage in the 9:00 p.m. hour

MSNBC and CNN cut away from live coverage of the Republican National Convention several times on Monday night in order to fact-check claims made by speakers. Fox News also cut away from several speeches, but didn't fact-check claims as aggressively.

Why it matters: There's been an ongoing debate amongst media insiders — and an advocacy campaign from progressive groups — about whether news networks should feel compelled to cut away from the RNC.

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