Hillary Clinton has called for her Ace. Facing a must-win situation in Texas, the candidate has put renowned political strategist Averell “Ace” Smith in charge of her campaign there, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Smith, who helped engineer Clinton's California win, is known as "Doctor Death" for his ability to dig up opposition research.
Rivals are "just terrified with his presence," said one strategist. Smith is a demographic expert and will target the key groups—Latinos and working women—that helped Clinton win California. Texas’ March 4 primary is a peculiar caucus/primary hybrid—but if there’s anyone who can “be targeted, and surgical,” said one watcher, it’s Smith.