Edwards is moving some staff members out of Nevada.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – It's the first western state to weigh in on the 2008 Democratic candidates, but White House hopeful John Edwards is transferring a "handful" of his Nevada staff to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the campaign said Wednesday.
Jonathan Prince, Edwards' deputy campaign manager, said the move is not a consequence of strained resources or a sign that the former North Carolina senator is less committed to winning the Nevada caucuses.
"As the calendar fluctuates, with Iowa and New Hampshire moving up significantly, we need to accelerate hiring there to hit our organizing targets, so we’re shifting some trained staffers there, but we are as committed as ever to winning Nevada," said Prince in an e-mail to CNN.
Prince also added that the campaign’s goal of raising $40 million this year - enough, according to Edwards’ staffers, to compete in the early voting states - remains "unchanged."
In hopes of increasing their influence in the 2008 nomination contest, Nevada Democrats last year moved up their primary to January 19. At the time of the move, that date was assumed to be ahead of New Hampshire's primary.
But after the South Carolina GOP announced last week that it was also shifting its primary to January 19, officials from both Iowa and New Hampshire announced that they will move their states’ contests to an even earlier date in the month.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney