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Klobuchar makes 1st hires in Nevada with ex-O’Rourke staff

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) is making her first campaign hires in early voting Nevada, scooping up staffers who worked for Beto (BET'-oh) O’Rourke’s campaign.

Klobuchar’s campaign announced Friday the Minnesota senator had hired Marina Negroponte to serve as state director and Cameron Miller to serve as Nevada political director. Both held similar roles in the state for O’Rourke’s campaign, which ended this month.

Negroponte helped organize the Hispanic community for the civil rights nonprofit We Are All Human Foundation and spent a decade working in international development for the United Nations.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, speaks with the media after participating in a Fair Fight phone bank at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Atlanta. Democratic presidential candidates including Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg, along with Stacey Abrams, joined in at the phone bank in response to Georgia election officials' plan to cancel more than 313,000 voter registrations next month. (Bob AndresAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Miller has worked on several state legislative campaigns in Nevada.

The state is third in line to vote next year on the Democratic presidential field.

Klobuchar has been working to build momentum after strong performances in the last two debates.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, left and Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)