Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign headquarters in New Hampshire

Oct 23, 2015 10:58 PM

Steinhauser: Bush campaign moving resources north to NH

NH1 Political Director -

CONCORD – Jeb Bush is downsizing his national campaign headquarters, and campaign officials tell NH1 News that some of the staff and resources from the south Florida based HQ are headed towards the Granite State.

The Bush campaign Friday confirmed reports that they are trimming the Miami operation and cutting payroll and reducing staff travel, and instead placing a greater emphasis on New Hampshire.

"The campaign is placing a special focus on increasing our operation in New Hampshire where we already have the strongest organization in the field. The new additions will include more staff, more resources and more visits from Governor Bush to ensure our operation continues to be unmatched in New Hampshire,” Jesse Hunt, the Bush campaign’s New Hampshire communications director, told NH1 News.

The former Florida governor currently has 12 full time staffers working for him in the first-in-the-nation primary state, the largest right now in New Hampshire among the 15 GOP candidates.

Earlier this week NH1 News was the first news organization to tour the Bush campaign’s Granite State headquarters, which is on Elm Street in Manchester. The campaign said they expect to open up field offices soon.

Watch/Read: Inside look at Bush HQ in NH

While Bush is spending time in Iowa, the state that kicks off the primary and caucus calendar, a strong finish in New Hampshire’s February 9 contest is crucial to his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination.

Bush returns to New Hampshire on Thursday, just hours after the third Republican presidential debate, which is being held Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado. As first reported by NH1 News, Bush will pay a visit to Geno’s Chowder and Sandwich Shop in Portsmouth. Later in the day he’ll also hold a town hall in New London.

Bush is at 9%, tied with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for third place in the latest NH1 News Poll of Polls, which averages the three most recent public opinion surveys of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters. Bush trails GOP front runner Donald Trump, who’s at 27% and famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 15%. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina are at 8%.

NH1 News Friday obtained internal polling commissioned by the Kasich campaign which indicated Kasich topping Bush 40%-32% among Granite State Republican primary voters in a hypothetical two way matchup.

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