Obama veteran Anita Dunn gets more prominent role in Biden campaign shake-up
August 24, 2020
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Dunn, a veteran Democratic operative, has worked on numerous campaigns, including former President Obama’s 2008 run. She later served in Obama’s White House, where she became a trusted adviser to Biden.
Until now, Dunn has been focused solely on communication strategy for the Biden campaign. According to an internal campaign email obtained by The New York Times, Dunn will now be “working closely with us on campaign strategy and overall coordination on budget and personnel as we build a bigger campaign for the next phase.”
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The move also comes four days before the New Hampshire primary, where a poll again shows Biden trailing the pack. The latest Boston Globe/Suffolk poll has Biden in fourth place at 11 percent. Warren is in third with 13 percent, while Buttigieg and Sanders are in a dead heat with 23 and 24 percent support, respectively.