Nick Black, who worked on Senator Elizabeth Warren's 2012 campaign and became a special assistant for Warren, has been hired to run Hillary Clinton's Rhode Island campaign, RIPR has learned.
Clinton beat Barack Obama by 18 points in Rhode Island in 2008. But the challenge posed by Democratic rival Bernie Sanders has made Rhode Island a more contested battle this year, according to a recent Brown University survey.
With slightly more than three weeks until the state's April 26 presidential primary, Black is the first of a handful of Rhode Island hires being made by Clinton's campaign.
In Massachusetts, Clinton scored a narrow victory over Sanders, by less than 2 points, on Super Tuesday.
Black previously worked as a primary states training director for Clinton's campaign.
Sanders has a strong Rhode Island connection in how one of his top advisers, Tad Devine, is a Providence native.