Aug 12, 2015 11:15 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – It only took six weeks for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign to outgrow its headquarters in New Hampshire.
NH1 News was first to report on Twitter Wednesday that the Sanders campaign will move their headquarters next week from its current location in a modest strip mall on Manchester Street on the south side of Concord to larger offices on the east side of Manchester.
Word of the move came just a couple of hours after a new poll in the first-in-the-nation primary state indicated the senator from Vermont topping frontrunner Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic primary voters. According to a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald survey, Sanders stood at 44% and Clinton at 37%. But the poll also indicated that two thirds of those questioned said Clinton was more likely to win the Democratic presidential nomination, with just over one in ten saying the same thing about Sanders, the independent senator who caucuses with the Democratic Party.
The Sanders campaign opened the Concord office, their first and only location in the state to date, in early July. NH1 News was the first news organization to visit the headquarters. The location will become a regional office next week, after the headquarters is moved to Manchester.
“We’re ramping up our campaign. We’re hiring new staff every day. We’re opening new offices,” Kurt Ehrenberg told NH1 News. “Things are going extremely well.”
Ehrenberg, who coordinates the Sanders presidential campaign in New Hampshire, is also the Vermont senator’s top political adviser in the Granite State. Ehrenberg told NH1 News that the Sanders campaign will open up an office in Berlin in the next couple of weeks, with locations in Nashua, Portsmouth and Keene by the end of the month.
As for the new survey, Ehrenberg said “it’s a poll. Our campaign is based on people doing work to get Bernie elected. But it’s nice to see that Bernie’s catching on. It’s clear that the more people know Bernie and feel like they know what his issues are, what he stands for, how authentic he is, how genuine his message is, they really like him and want to vote for him as president.”
“Our volunteers don’t just want to come out and see the candidate. They actually want to work for Bernie because Bernie instills this terrific enthusiasm in them,” Ehrenberg added.
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