San Francisco Chronicle-
Mike Bloomberg has 300 paid staffers on the ground in California. Tom Steyer has 100. Bernie Sanders has 90.
Here’s how unusual that is for a California primary campaign: Donald Trump had seven paid staffers in the state before the 2016 GOP primary. As in one more than six. He relied on 15,000 volunteers to win.
The best way for candidates to reach voters in the nation’s most populous state is still through TV and digital advertising. But there’s a big change this year that reflects California’s sudden importance in choosing the Democratic nominee: Candidates are spending big money to employ staffers to boost support leading up to the March 3 primary.