Sep 16, 2015 3:37 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
MANCHESTER – Parked inside of a non-descript office building alongside a non-descript strip mall on the east side of New Hampshire’s largest city sits Sen. Bernie Sanders’s new Granite State campaign headquarters.
The office is a huge step up from the senator from Vermont’s first campaign office in New Hampshire – a much smaller space in a tired strip mall on the south side of Concord.
The Sanders campaign quickly outgrew their first headquarters after just six weeks, and as NH1 News first reported last month, they moved to their new location in Manchester.
A lot’s changed since then. Sanders has topped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the onetime overwhelming front runner in the race for the Democratic nomination, in the five latest public opinion polls among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire.
As Sanders' poll numbers have soared in the first-in-the-nation primary state, so have the number of people working for him.
“We started with four full time employees in August and we’re now at over 40. We’ve had to staff up so quickly because the volunteer enthusiasm is so great that we need people to work with people,” New Hampshire state director Julia Barnes told NH1 News on Wednesday.
And from the one office in Concord, the Sanders campaign now has the headquarters in Manchester and eight field offices. One of them is alongside the HQ in Manchester. Another is the old HQ in Concord. The others are located in Nashua, Keene, Portsmouth, Claremont, Lebanon, and Berlin.
NH1 News was the first media organization to step foot in the old Concord headquarters, and they’re the first to tour and report on the new Manchester offices.
The independent senator from Vermont will be back in New Hampshire on Saturday, to speak at the state party’s convention at the Verizon Arena in Manchester. Then he’ll make the very short drive across town to take part in the grand opening of the Manchester campaign offices. On Sunday Sanders will be the main attraction at the grand opening for the Portsmouth facility.
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