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Signs of a campaign growth spurt

From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
A change in plans for a Huckabee fundraiser in Dallas today: The site had to be moved twice to accommodate a larger-than-expected attendance. Advisors say there just wasn't enough room, so the planned gathering went from a private home, to hotel space and then to a bigger meeting room in that hotel.

Sources say the goal for the fundraiser had been $50,000 to $75,000, but those expectations were upped to $150,000, but sources now say the campaign beat that and the number is closer to $250,000. Sources tell NBC News the Huckabee campaign has spent about $750,000 total.

Now hiring: Senior campaign officials say they are "adding staff almost daily." From a lean team of 45 paid staffers nationwide, Huckabee is adding employees in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. For example, the Iowa organization has been running with 14 paid workers plus as many as 15 to 20 full-time volunteers and more offering help hours at a time. The Iowa organization is expected to grow from 14 to 19 paid staffers this week. The six-person New Hampshire staff and five or six working South Carolina could see extra help with days as well.

Pardon our dust: Higher poll numbers appear to equate to more square footage. Huckabee's one and only office, a downtown Des Moines storefront has doubled in size. In Little Rock, sources say walls were "busted out" and overnight, the space tripled in size.