Trump campaign planning to open Washington, DC office

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a South Carolina Republican primary night event, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 in Spartanburg, S.C. Trump is the winner in the South Carolina Republican primary. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign is planning to open a new office in Washington, D.C. that will house its delegate selection and congressional relations teams.

Campaign senior adviser Barry Bennett says the office, which he expects to open sometime next week, will be the home base for staff overseeing outreach to Congress as well as some policy staffers and others. It marks the campaign’s first major headquarters expansion outside of New York.

The campaign has also hired Paul Manafort, a seasoned Washington hand with decades of convention experience to be its convention manager. He’ll be in charge of handling the campaign’s “entire convention presence,” said Bennett, including a potential contested convention.

Bennett says the campaign will also be adding new congressional chairs and endorsements in the coming weeks.

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