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January 17, 2014

Brannon opening 4 campaign offices, recruiting volunteers

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon is opening four campaign offices across North Carolina this weekend in a move his campaign says shows its grassroots strength.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon is opening four campaign offices across North Carolina this weekend in a move his campaign says shows its grassroots strength.

The first opens Friday in Winston-Salem. The campaign will hold events in Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina and Asheville this weekend to christen their new digs. The campaign says it has recruited 750 volunteers so far.

“We’ve said from the beginning that it’s a grassroots campaign,” said Reilly O’Neal, the campaign manager. “So we want to give the volunteers some headquarters to set up shop and make phone calls and get canvassing done.”

O’Neal said the campaign trained 56 volunteers in campaign organizing at its Raleigh office last weekend. At a recent Winston-Salem debate, a dozen-some supporters wore Brannon T-shirts in the crowd.

The show of organizational strength will help give visibility to Brannon, a Cary OB-GYN who is campaigning as a constitutional conservative with support from tea partiers. But other candidates in the six-way race are trying to appeal to the same voters, making it difficult for him to coalesce support.

Brannon’s campaign has the endorsement of Rand Paul and is raising small-dollar donations online using the Kentucky senator’s national network.

O’Neal said the campaign has doubled the number of donors and will release its fundraising numbers soon.

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