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Democrats, Republicans invest early in Wisconsin for 2020 election success

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MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Democratic party of Wisconsin added to its team Tuesday by hiring a Director of Trump Rapid Response.

It's the latest example of both Democrats and Republicans investing in resources in Wisconsin ahead of the 2020 election.

Philip Shulman will be helping the Democratic party share its message with voters, specifically with criticism of President Trump. He says the party has learned lessons from Hillary Clinton's defeat in 2016.

"We're making those investments earlier this time," Shulman said. "[We're] making sure that we have a robust infrastructure that the eventual nominee can just absorb, and day one when they hit the ground running, they have people knocking on doors for them making those phone calls, communicating with the public," Schulman told CBS 58. 

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee says it's building upon its success from 2016.

"We are starting our ground game earlier than ever," said Republican National Committee Communications Director Mandi Merritt. "We are already working hand in hand with the Trump campaign and the Wisconsin Republican party to make sure our folks are on the ground talking to voters, reengaging our massive base of support."

Both sides say their teams on the ground in Wisconsin will continue to grow over the next year.

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