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Gingrich campaign opens Iowa headquarters

The Newt Gingrich campaign finally opens a campaign headquarters in Iowa -- furniture was delivered Wednesday as the former House speaker makes a 2-day campaign swing in the state.

 

URBANDALE, Iowa -- With 34 days until the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich has finally opened a campaign headquarters in the Hawkeye State.

"We are happy and proud to have this office opening. Its great that we are really moving forward in Iowa," Gingrich's Iowa communications director, Katie Koberg told NBC News.

Gingrich is the last of the major candidates to open an office here located at 11386 Aurora Ave. in Urbandale (just outside of Des Moines). Furniture was just delivered and the office will be up and running for volunteers in the next couple days.

Gingrich's space sits in the same business complex as that of fellow GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

The former House speaker's campaign has been expanding in the first-in-the-nation caucus state in recent weeks. Two staffers who had quit the campaign back in June -- Craig Shoenfeld and Koberg -- were rehired along with additional staffers whose names and positions have yet to be released.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich opened his Iowa campaign headquarters on Wednesday in Urbandale.

"What's great about Newt is that the way the traditional campaign is run might not be the most effective and efficient way anymore," Koberg pointed out. "Newt has showed us that campaigning is now different. Its not about how many staff you have or how many offices you can open."
 
Gingrich had told reporters during his last visit to the state he would be opening five offices throughout Iowa but Koberg said the campaign is just focusing on this Central Iowa location for now and may open an office in Eastern Iowa at some point. 

The speaker holds an event tonight in the Hawkeye State plus three additional events tomorrow. No events are located at the new campaign headquarters this trip.