MANCHESTER, N.H. -- John Kasich's campaign is growing again in New Hampshire as they add three more field offices. This week, they opened new offices in West Lebanon and Stratham, and they also secured space in Concord that will open soon, the Kasich campaign told NBC News. They hope to open one more field office before the end of the year.
That will put the number of Kasich campaign offices in New Hampshire on par with Jeb Bush, who has 5 in total including their headquarters in Manchester. Kasich employs 11 paid staffers in the state, fewer than Bush's 20 paid New Hampshire staffers, but more than the current paid teams for Marco Rubio (7) and Chris Christie (4). Meanwhile, the Trump campaign reports 13 paid staff members with 4 offices.
The Granite State has long been a critical spot for Kasich's presidential hopes. The move comes as two other governors, Bush and Christie, buckle down to make their stand here.
The Super PAC supporting John Kasich, New Day For America, has spent millions on television ads in New Hampshire and the group has a considerable ground organization in the state with 15 full time staff members, 3 paid college coordinators, and 6 offices in the state, according to a spokeswoman. She said they expect to have more than 20 people in January. But while Kasich enjoyed a boost of New Hampshire support in the late summer and early fall, he has since slipped a bit in polls, now struggling to break out of the close pack here — sitting at 6th place in the latest Real Clear Politics polling average with 7 percent as multiple non-Donald Trump Republicans and more "establishment" candidates like him are separated by a few points.
Kasich's New Hampshire campaign has so far been located at their headquarters on Eddy Road in Manchester, and Kasich attended an office opening celebration at the spot in early October.
He returns to New Hampshire on Sunday for a multi-day holiday campaign swing with his wife and twin daughters.