Nov 1, 2019

Kamala Harris goes "all-in on Iowa," lays off New Hampshire staff

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at the Eastern State Penitentiary on Oct. 28. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign is left with only a few staffers in New Hampshire after the majority of them were laid off, Jewish Insider first reported on Friday.

The big picture: Harris and other 2020 candidates facing cash crunches ultimately have two choices: Drop out or fire staff to reallocate money and keep their campaigns afloat.

Details: Some staffers from the campaign’s Baltimore headquarters — along with offices in New Hampshire, Nevada and California — will be redirected to Iowa, the site of the first presidential primary.

What they're saying:

“Senator Harris and this team set out with one goal – to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020. To do so, the campaign has made a strategic decision to realign resources to go all-in on Iowa, resulting in office closures and staff realignments and reductions in New Hampshire.
The campaign will continue to have a staff presence in New Hampshire but the focus is and will continue to be on Iowa. Senator Harris will not visit New Hampshire on November 6 and 7, but her name will still be placed on the primary ballot.”
— a Harris campaign statement to Jewish Insider

By the numbers: Harris raised $11.8 million in Q3, per her FEC filing, and finished with $10.5 million cash on hand. She spent $14.5 million — more than what she took in. Former Vice President

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