With crowds of supporters waiting for her, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped at a coffee house in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on April 14. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

This story has been updated.

NEW YORK -- Well that was fast.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is making return trips to both Iowa and New Hampshire next week, and will focus on the problems facing small businesses in both early primary states, campaign officials said Thursday.

The New Hampshire trip on May 22 was confirmed to The Washington Post before it was announced Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Clinton's campaign spokesman announced the Iowa visit via Twitter:

Also Thursday, Clinton made her first visit to her campaign headquarters here in Brooklyn, greeting staff and taking a tour of the sprawling space decorated with red and blue signs.

She was addressing a group of prominent donors later in the day, at a meeting arranged for those who gathered at least 10 checks for the maximum of $2,700 individual primary donation campaign headquarters.

Those bundlers, called Hillstarters, also got a tour of the campaign offices. They were meeting in trendy Red Hook, a nearby Brooklyn neighborhood. Clinton was to address the group later in the day.

Clinton has made just three campaign trips so far -- one apiece to Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. She has also raised money in California, Washington D.C. and New York City.

Iowa is important to Clinton for reasons even beyond its status as the site of the first presidential contest in February 2016. Having lost badly in Iowa in 2008 -- and leaving behind grudges among Iowa activists and Clinton loyalists -- she worked hard to turn the page during last month's two-day visit.

New Hampshire, by contrast, is hallowed ground for Clinton because of her unexpected win of the state in 2008 that revived her campaign.


Hillary Clinton goes to greet old friends after participating in a roundtable discussion with workers from Whitney Brothers children's furniture makers in Keene, N.H., on April 20. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

No specific stops have been announced this time around, but it is expected to include the same mix of small meetings and discussions with hand-picked participants that has marked Clinton's slow campaign roll-out. As with several previous campaign stops, Clinton is expected to focus on small businesses and middle class economic concerns.

Clinton will also campaign in South Carolina on May 27, and raise money in Chicago and elsewhere.

After that, Clinton will move into a more active campaign phase that would begin with a big rally and address laying out campaign priorities.

The campaign trips mean Clinton will not be called to testify next week before the special House committee investigating the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, while she was secretary of state. Her lawyer had proposed the week for public testimony, but the Republican-led committee balked.

Clinton backers claim the delay is nakedly political, since an appearance closer to the election might serve to remind more voters of the Benghazi matter and Clinton's use of an unorthodox private e-mail server while she was a Cabinet official.