Andrew Yang's campaign lays off staff at headquarters and field offices after dismal Iowa showing

  • Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang's campaign laid off staff Wednesday after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucus and with the New Hampshire Primary less than a week away.
  • Dozens of staff may have been let go. The campaign said this had been the plan all along.
  • After failing to qualify for the televised debate ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Yang will be on stage Friday night for ABC's debate in Manchester, N.H.
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PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang's campaign laid off staff Wednesday after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucus and with the New Hampshire Primary less than a week away.

The bulk of the layoffs came in the digital and communications departments, as well as in policy, according to a source familiar with the move, who described the result as an abrupt surprise to staff. Yang only garnered about 1% of Iowa's state delegates, according to the latest results released Thursday.

At a campaign stop at Plymouth State University Thursday afternoon, campaign manager Zach Graumann confirmed the layoffs hit the Iowa staff and some parts of the campaign headquarters.

"This was the plan all along," Graumann said.

Graumann said he would send Insider a specific number of layoffs, but did not respond to a further request for comment after Yang left the event. 

The Yang campaign reported 230 staff members on its payroll at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter ending last December, up substantially from 70 at the end of the third quarter in the fall, according to FEC filings. 

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DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 13: Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks to guests during a campaign stop on his 45th birthday at Drake University on January 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Yang will not participate in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate taking place tomorrow at the university. The Iowa caucuses will take place on February 3, making it the first nominating contest for the Democratic Party in choosing their presidential candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 13: Guests pose for pictures with Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang during a campaign stop on his 45th birthday at Drake University on January 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Yang will not participate in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate taking place tomorrow at the university. The Iowa caucuses will take place on February 3, making it the first nominating contest for the Democratic Party in choosing their presidential candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 13: Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang poses for a picture with Griff the Drake University mascot during a campaign stop on his 45th birthday at Drake University on January 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Yang will not participate in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate taking place tomorrow at the university. The Iowa caucuses will take place on February 3, making it the first nominating contest for the Democratic Party in choosing their presidential candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 13: Guests pose for pictures with Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang during a campaign stop on his 45th birthday at Drake University on January 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Yang will not participate in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate taking place tomorrow at the university. The Iowa caucuses will take place on February 3, making it the first nominating contest for the Democratic Party in choosing their presidential candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 13: Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks to guests during a campaign stop on his 45th birthday at Drake University on January 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Yang will not participate in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate taking place tomorrow at the university. The Iowa caucuses will take place on February 3, making it the first nominating contest for the Democratic Party in choosing their presidential candidate to face Donald Trump in the general election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 19: Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang (L) speaks with former Vice President Joe Biden during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Seven candidates out of the crowded field qualified for the 6th and last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019 hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A POLITICO report citing staff who lost their jobs put the layoffs to be in the dozens.

By the end of 2019, Yang's campaign had an 87 percent burn rate with $4.2 million in cash on hand, according to FEC filings.

Graumann said the layoffs are normal for any campaign moving on from Iowa.

After failing to qualify for the televised debate ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Yang will be on stage Friday night for ABC's debate in Manchester, N.H.

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