U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pauses as he speaks during a campaign rally at the South Carolina Democratic Party headquarters in Columbia

Lagging behind Clinton in 2016 bid, Sanders boosts staff, spending

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pauses as he speaks during a campaign rally at the South Carolina Democratic Party headquarters in ColumbiaBy Erin McPike WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is boosting the size of his campaign staff and increasing state budgets in his challenge against the frontrunner for the party’s nomination, Hillary Clinton. Over the past six weeks, Clinton widened her lead over Sanders in opinion polls both nationally and in early states in the nominating process for the 2016 presidential election. Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver told Reuters that the campaign rewrote its budgets last week, doubling them to add more staff in each of the states holding nominating contests on March 1.

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