Sanders campaign overhauls New Hampshire team: report

Sanders campaign overhauls New Hampshire team: report
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Bernie Sanders warns of 'nightmare scenario' if Trump refuses election results Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (I-Vt.) has reportedly overhauled operations in New Hampshire as the primary looms about five months away.

Sanders has swapped his New Hampshire state director, Joe Caiazzo, with Shannon Jackson, who ran the senator's reelection campaign last year, according to a report from The New York Times. The shake-up was reportedly announced to the staff in New Hampshire on Sunday.

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"We’ve built a great team in New Hampshire and are in a really strong position there. The campaign is now building out our operations to include Massachusetts and Maine state directors as we increase our focus in Super Tuesday states," Faiz Shakir, Sanders's campaign manager, said in a statement obtained by The Hill. "We are running a 50 state campaign, taking no state or voter for granted and expanding our operations to secure the Democratic nomination."

The campaign's top officials have also been shuffled recently. Former chief of staff Ari Rabin-Havt and former communications director Arianna Jones were promoted to deputy campaign managers. A new senior communications adviser will be hired, the Times reported. 

The senator considers the New Hampshire primary in particular to be important after he defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot Poll: 51 percent of voters want to abolish the electoral college MORE by more than 22 percentage points in the state in 2016.

A poll last week showed Sanders and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE in a statistical tie in New Hampshire. Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHarris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda Judd Gregg: The Kamala threat — the Californiaization of America GOP set to release controversial Biden report MORE (D-Mass.) have been trailing Biden in national polls.

New Hampshire is expected to be a tight race between the three leading contenders.

Sanders expanded the state's campaign offices and staff in July.