(BOSTON) — How seriously is the Romney campaign taking the possibility of a post-Election Day recount?
Romney campaign officials have instructed members of their staff from the political and advance teams as well as other departments to “pack a bag” and bring it with them to Tuesday night’s election night event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Each notified staffer would be part of a “go-team” to be dispatched to one of several states where a close result might lead to a recount. (Inside the campaign, Ohio is the state that has loomed largest in discussions.)
Campaign planes are said to be on stand-by to ferry staff to their as-yet-unknown destination if needed.
In the state capitols of many of the battleground states, the campaign has also kept a small team of advance staffers who would also be ready to spring into action.
“We’re expecting a clear and decisive victory tonight,” a Romney campaign official told ABC News, “but we’re obviously ready for any scenario.”
The campaign already has both volunteer and staff lawyers camped out in all of the swing states.
Team Romney has also set up a “war room” at the TD Garden in Boston where a team of the campaign’s top legal officials, including Benjamin Ginsberg, who played a lead role for George W. Bush’s campaign during the 2000 Florida recount, are monitoring potential problems at polling locations.
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