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Tom Steyer: Key to Nevada, Carolina success is time , not just

Billionaire Tom failed to generate much momentum after the Democrats’ early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, but he’s poised for better results in and Carolina and he credits that to more than just .

has pumped over $ 200 million into his campaign, but he has also been on the ground in those states. According to a RealClearPolitics average, has been polling fourth in and third in Carolina, both ahead of the Iowa winner, former Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. said he wanted to finish in at least second place in those states.

“I’ve spent more in than any other candidate, and I’ve spent more in Carolina than any other candidate,” told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday.

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“I’ve actually been the and we have people on the ground in both states, from those states, actually going out, talking to people, organizing, listening and coming up with a message that matters,” he said. “That’s really why I’m doing well in and Carolina, because I’ve put in the , listened to the people, and I’m talking to their actual issues.”

noted that he was doing well among minority voters in those states, particularly African-American and Latino voters.

“I’m putting together the kind of coalition that we’re going to have to have in November of 2020 to beat Donald Trump,” he said. also noted that and Carolina were more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire.

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That diversity is what makes those states so important, said in a separate interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

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“Both of these states reflect the kind of diversity that is America, and that is the Democratic party,” he said. “And, I think whoever is going to be the candidate has got to be able to show that he or she can pull together that diverse big tent that is the Democratic party.”

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