Sanders campaign overhauls New Hampshire team: report

Sanders campaign overhauls New Hampshire team: report
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Democrats seize on report of FedEx's Bernie Sanders tax bill to slam Trump's tax plan If we want to save earth, we need to change how we eat 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 ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE by more than 22 percentage points in the state in 2016.

A poll last week showed Sanders and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE in a statistical tie in New Hampshire. Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Democrats seize on report of FedEx's Elizabeth Warren tax bill to slam Trump's tax plan Warren 'fully committed' to 'Medicare for All' 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.