The staff moves signal that Richardson is counting on a strong showing in Iowa.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – CNN has learned that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be moving several members of his South Carolina staff to Iowa in the coming days, another signal that Richardson is counting on a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses to boost his bid for the Democratic nomination.
The move comes on the heels of Tuesday's news that Richardson is also redirecting campaign staff to Iowa from another early caucus state, Nevada.
Richardson spokeswoman Katie Roberts confirmed the personnel shift, which will include Richardson's South Carolina state director Lachlan McIntosh. The campaign will leave some field organizers in place in South Carolina.
"We will be sending some members or our South Carolina staff to Iowa to help," Roberts said in an email. "But the Richardson for President Campaign will maintain and support a strong organization in the state of South Carolina, continuing to build and grow support throughout the state. Governor Richardson is fully committed to competing in all the early primary states."
Richardson is currently in fourth place in Iowa state polls, behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards. Richardson has failed to gain similar traction in South Carolina, where most polls show Clinton and Obama with significant leads.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby