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Feb 10, 2016 4:34 PM

Steinhauser: Trump's ground game delivers in NH

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – If they under performed in Iowa, Donald Trump’s campaign over performed in New Hampshire.

“You know we learned a lot about ground games in one week. I have to tell you that,” Trump said Tuesday night at his primary victory celebration.

The Republican presidential front runner, who trounced the rest of the GOP field in the first in the nation presidential primary, also touted the efforts of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

“Does Corey have a ground game or what,” Trump proclaimed.

After a second place finish in Iowa, where the media beat them up for supposedly mailing it in, the Trump campaign was well prepared in the Granite State.

While they only had 12 full time staffers in the state in the closing weeks before the primary, which was far less than the nearly 40 staffers for former Florida Jeb Bush, the campaign relied on an army of volunteers. Trump’s operation also had four offices: the state headquarters in Manchester, and field offices in Keene, Newmarket and Colebrook. They added an extra office in Manchester a week ago for the overflow of volunteers. The last few days before the primary, the campaign said it was making 50,000 calls per day.

“Corey Lewandowski is pro. He lives in New Hampshire. They got a little bit out gunned in Iowa. That wasn’t going to happen in New Hampshire. They’ve been having a very serious ground game going on for months. I think it was sort of under reported and it came home,” Steve Duprey, a Concord based GOP consultant who was a top adviser to Sen. John McCain’s two presidential campaigns, told NH1 News.

“This is a big win. I don’t care how people slice and dice it. When you win two to one in a crowded field where a bunch of candidates essentially lived here, that’s a big deal,” added Duprey, who’s one of New Hampshire’s two members on the Republican National Committee.

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