PAWLENTY OUT, SANTORUM IN. Prime office space at 273 River Road in Bedford had been Tim Pawlenty’s state campaign headquarters.

With “TPaw” out of the race, we’ve learned that Rick Santorum has moved in.

Santorum’s camp says the space is larger than its former office at 50 Bridge St., Manchester.

The campaign says the larger office was necessary because of space is attributable “growing interest and enthusiasm” in the campaign as a result of Santorum’s fourth place showing in the Ames, Iowa straw poll in mid-August.

Santorum said in a statement, ““The outpouring of support we have received since the Ames Straw Poll has spilled over beyond Iowa’s borders and into many other states including New Hampshire. We’re excited that the enthusiasm and size of our campaign continues to grow every day. With additions of staff and volunteers, new office space was needed and necessary to run our New Hampshire campaign operations. Our new office space will allow our campaign to be the most volunteer friendly headquarters for our expanding grassroots base. I’m so proud of our New Hampshire team, and I look forward to working with them as we advance toward victory in New Hampshire’s First-in-Nation Primary.”

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