Sanders expands staff in New Hampshire

Sanders expands staff in New Hampshire
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE’s (I-Vt.) White House campaign announced Thursday it is beefing up its staff and opening new offices in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire. 

The campaign said it now has 45 staffers on the ground in New Hampshire, most of whom are focused on field and community organizing.

The campaign will also be opening field offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, Dover and West Lebanon, bringing its total number of offices to six throughout the state. 

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“From day one of this campaign, I have said we will take nothing for granted here in the first-in-the-nation primary. We're building out the organization we need to talk to every Granite Stater in every corner of New Hampshire and earn their vote. I'm proud of the team we put together,” Joe Caiazzo, New Hampshire state director for the Sanders campaign, said in a press release.

Sanders's announcement comes amid what is expected to be steep competition from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew CDC overdose estimates are nothing to celebrate 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democratic Houston councilwoman announces Senate bid MORE (D-Mass.) in New Hampshire, with both senators representing New England states.

Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire primary against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE by more than 20 points, is facing a challenge from Warren for the primary field’s progressive mantle. Warren enjoyed a boost in support following last month’s Democratic debate, leapfrogging Sanders in some national and statewide polls.

Warren also outraised Sanders by roughly $1 million in the second quarter of 2019 and has invested heavily in beefing up her staff in early primary states.