Donald Trump opens campaign headquarters in Sandy Springs

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump concludes his speech at his campaign rally Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 in West Bend, Wis. (John Ehlke/West Bend Daily News via AP)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a rally in Wisconsin last month. (John Ehlke/West Bend Daily News via AP)

The Donald Trump campaign announced plans to open its state campaign headquarters in Sandy Springs as it doubles down on its ground game in Georgia.

The news comes after the Trump campaign increased its staff in the state while Hillary Clinton’s folks also make moves in Georgia, bolstered by polling that shows a close race.

“The Trump-Pence campaign in Georgia is firing on all cylinders and driving towards a November victory,” said Brandon Phillips, the Trump campaign’s Georgia director. “We are excited to have this base of operations from which to spread Donald Trump’s message of economic prosperity, job growth, fiscal responsibility, a strong military and secure borders.”

Trump’s campaign has taken pains in recent weeks to underscore that typically red Georgia is still on its mind after Clinton opened a campaign office in Atlanta last month and also started beefing up its staff in Georgia. Trump’s running mate Mike Pence made a two-day trip to Georgia last month that included an Atlanta fundraiser, Dalton town hall and rallies in Perry and Cobb County. Top surrogate and former Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich will be holding a town hall on Trump’s behalf at Kennesaw State University tomorrow.

The moves are all notable given that money and time spent here means resources not spent in Florida, North Carolina and other battlegrounds.

The Trump campaign said the new office will hold a public grand opening on Sept. 17 that would include a “special guest.” Our burning question: Can y’all top Fitz?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has you covered this fall in Georgia: 

More: Pence tours Georgia, pushing for unity behind Trump’s candidacy

More: Hillary Clinton boosts her efforts in Georgia

More: Donald Trump inquires about Atlanta television ad rates

More: Trump’s Georgia fundraising up, but biggest GOP donors spend elsewhere


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