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From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Don’t write off the NH primary quite yet

  • Booker, Gillibrand, Warren spend Friday in NH

  • Upcoming trip to NH by Hogan sparks primary challenge speculation

  • Hat trick for Buttigieg

  • A third Shaheen-Sununu Senate showdown?

Don’t be so quick to write the New Hampshire presidential primary’s obituary

According to legend, Mark Twain quipped that “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” after hearing rumors that he had died. The same could be said today regarding New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Every four years, some political reporters predict peril in the Granite State, which for a century has held the first primary in the nominating calendar. In recent months, with the prospect of early voting in California’s presidential primary kicking off before New Hampshire votes, some news organizations once again envisioned doom and gloom. “First in name only?” read one recent headline. While such predictions may prove true in the future, it’s not the case in the 2020 presidential cycle. Declared and potential presidential contenders have been flocking to New Hampshire the past two months. From Friday through Monday, six White House hopefuls and three possible candidates are holding events in the Granite State.
Concord Monitor

 

Booker predicts there will be a woman on the 2020 ticket

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey says that a woman will be included on his party’s 2020 White House ticket. “I am very confident that this election, we will make history, because no matter what, I’m looking you in the eye and saying this, there will be a woman on the ticket. I don’t know if it’s in the vice president’s position or the president’s position,” Booker predicted Friday morning at a campaign event in Lebanon. “If I have my way, there will be a woman on the ticket,” Booker added, as he all but pledged to name a female as his running mate if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination.
Concord Monitor
Fox News
WATCH: WMUR

Booker: Facebook has responsibility to ‘keep hate off their platforms’

Booker’s latest trip to New Hampshire came amid a horrific mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. Booker called the violence a “vicious, white supremacist, anti-Islamic attack," saying, "This is an attack based in hate. We should not give hate any license and we shouldn’t even give these folks and their manifestos attention.” One of the alleged shooters live-streamed part of the attack on Facebook, with the video quickly spreading to Twitter and YouTube. Booker told reporters that “these companies have a responsibility to keep hate off of their platforms and I look forward to doing everything I can to make sure to ensure they move more aggressively to do that.”
WATCH


Booker confirms dating Rosario Dawson

Booker confirmed on Friday that “I am dating Rosario Dawson and I’m very happy about it….She’s a wonderful actor.”

Booker makes more staff hires in NH

Booker this week hired three additional New Hampshire campaign staffers, drawing on talent from the Granite State and beyond.
 

#NHPolitics photo of the day


Gillibrand highlights water contamination, an issue that hits home in NH

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand called for all PFAS chemicals to be banned during stops in Portsmouth and Merrimack on Friday. “I think we have to ban the entire class of chemicals because they will be determined ... as carcinogens,” the senator from New York said during the first of two events to talk about water contamination issues.
Seacoast Online
NHPR
AP
WATCH: WMUR


Warren returns to NH, making stops in Salem and Exeter

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts returned to the Granite State, headlining a house party in the border town of Salem and holding a town hall type event in Exeter’s historic town hall, a must stop for White House hopefuls.
Seacoast Online
WMUR

 

Clams anyone?
@rcdcnh chair @LarryDrake2 confirms to @seacoastonline that @ewarren will keynote the organization's major annual Clambake fundraiser May 18 at Elks Lodge in Portsmouth. Last month the MA senator headlined @NHDems 100 Club fundraising gala #nhpolitics #FITN #mapoli
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Who's on deck

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State campaigns in New Hampshire on Saturday. Best-selling spiritual author Marianne Williamson on Sunday kicks off a multi-day swing through the state. And former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who later served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, campaigns in the state on Monday. And two potential contenders visit New Hampshire this weekend – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.

When’s Beto coming to NH?

The Concord Monitor asked that very question on Thursday to top officials with the nascent presidential campaign of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas. Unfortunately they couldn’t provide an answer. With O’Rourke’s entry into the Democratic nomination race, here’s a look at who’s likely to soon jump in and who’s on the fence
Fox News

Hogan coming to NH next month

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s headed next month to the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House, increasing speculation that the GOP governor is seriously considering a 2020 primary challenge against President Trump. Hogan will be in the Granite State on April 23 to headline “Politics and Eggs.” The speaking series hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the New England Council is a must-stop for White House hopefuls.
Fox News

Weld publicly admits he’s getting help from a top Romney 2012 adviser

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who’s launched a presidential exploratory committee as he mulls a long shot GOP primary challenge against Republican President Trump, publicly confirmed on Friday what was quietly known by some in Massachusetts and New Hampshire – that Stuart Stevens is working as his general consultant. Stevens was a top adviser on the 2012 presidential campaign of GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
AP

Conversations with the contenders – a hat trick for Buttigieg

LISTEN: South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado on ‘On Background’ on 
LISTEN: South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on New Hampshire Live 
WATCH: South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on WMUR 

Mowers returning to NH to set up shop to support Trump’s 2020 re-election bid

After two-plus years in the upper echelons of the U.S. State Department, former New Hampshire Republican Party Executive Director Matt Mowers is returning to the Granite State. Mowers, who also headed former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire during the 2016 cycle,  stepped down from his role the State Department. He told WMUR on Wednesday he will soon open a consulting firm, based in Bedford, to work with on key issues while also supporting President Donald Trump’s agenda.
WMUR 


2020 Senate intrigue

Republican Gov .Chris Sununu – for the first time – opened the door a bit to the possibility of launching a GOP challenge next year against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen instead of running for re-election to a third term in the Corner Office. 
Concord Monitor


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