In fact, both Webb and Chafee's campaigns confirmed to ABC News that neither has yet to open a single campaign office in either Iowa or New Hampshire -- the states that traditionally kick of the primary and caucus season. Chafee spokesperson said it was "strictly a budget matter."
Webb's team says they were running a different kind of campaign. "We're not running a Fortune 500 campaign counting offices and paid staff. This is an insurgent campaign mostly run by volunteers," a campaign rep told ABC News.
The lack of infrastructure is especially surprising for Chafee who is former New England governor from Rhode Island and has traveled to New Hampshire over 25 times, according to his own count. Former Virginia Senator Webb has been much less active on the campaign trail so far, leaving many to wonder how committed he is to this race.
“Yes, I have a small budget, but that’s what intended,” he said. “I knew Secretary Clinton was going to get all of the donations as the inevitable coronation and she did. But the surprise has been Senator Sanders.” He added that he thinks he can make it through the Iowa and New Hampshire contests on his “low donation intake.”
In the polls, Webb and Chafee still hover around one percent or less. According to a Monmouth University poll released September 8, “not one single poll participant” had selected Chafee as their nomination choice in four national polls they had conducted between that time and when he announced his presidential bid.