From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Sanders tops latest NH poll

  • Appetite for NH primary challenge against Trump?

  • Inslee’s in

  • Team Biden getting ready ahead of decision by former VP

  • Harris questions question from NH reporter


Poll position: Sanders tops new NH poll in Democratic race

Twenty-six percent of likely Democratic primary voters questioned in a University of New Hampshire survey said they’d support the independent senator from Vermont in next year’s contest. Twenty-two percent of those polled said they’d back former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s seriously considering a White House run. Public opinion surveys conducted this early in an election cycle are often heavily influenced by name recognition. One in ten said they’d back Sen. Kamala Harris of California, with seven percent supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas – a likely White House hopeful – stood at five percent, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at four percent and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey at three percent.

Appetite for primary challenge? 
That same live operator poll indicated that more than 80 percent of Granite State Republicans approve of the job the president’s doing steering the country. 56 percent of likely GOP primary voters said they plan on voting for Trump in the 2020 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary. Fifteen percent said they’d back another candidate, with nearly three in ten undecided. In a hypothetical primary matchup, the poll indicates Trump’s support rises. Sixty-eight percent said they would back Trump, with 17 percent supporting former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and three percent voting for former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
See all the numbers here: The UNH Poll
Fox News


Will Joe run?
A decision by former Vice President Joe Biden on running for the White House could still be more than a month away, but that’s not stopping members of his team from taking the initial steps to build a campaign structure. “They’re collecting resumes but making no commitments,” a source close to Biden’s inner circle told Fox News on Tuesday. “They’re thinking about where people fit” into a possible presidential campaign.
Fox News

Harris questions NH reporter's questions 
Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris says she saw a racial inference in the first question she received after she arrived in New Hampshire. The question in question concentrated on how much time Harris would spend in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House. She told Trevor Noah: 

"I was in New Hampshire. And when I was there, the reporters, the first line of questioning I got was – you’re in New Hampshire, we heard you’re not going to come to New Hampshire. We thought you weren’t going to try to compete in New Hampshire.

“And what no one said, but the inference was, well, the demographic of New Hampshire is not who you are in terms of your race.

“And I was like, no, I am competing in New Hampshire. I’m going to be here, and I’m going to tell you something, to the point of the universality and commonality of the message."

Concord Monitor

Inslee’s in 
Vowing to make climate change the top issue in his presidential campaign, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday became the 13th Democratic candidate and first sitting governor to jump into the race for the White House. Inslee will head to Iowa – which votes first in the caucus and primary calendar – and Nevada – which holds the first western contest – in the coming days. And he’ll return to the Granite State in two weeks.
Concord Monitor

Swalwell says he was ‘rightfully’ schooled on Twitter
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California – a likely 2020 contender – admits he was “rightfully” schooled on Twitter after tweeting a selfie as he refused to grab a coffee at Trump Tower. The House Intelligence Committee member –in New Hampshire to headline ‘Politics and Eggs,’ also predicted a bombshell from the Mueller report. Swalwell, at a stop at the University of New Hampshire, also vowed to tackle soaring college loan debt.
Seacoast Online
Fox News

Weld month or two from deciding on primary challenge 
While former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is still a month or two away from making a final decision whether to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, he said Tuesday night that he’s being targeted by a GOP hierarchy that’s trying to keep him off ballots in states across the country. Weld made the charge during and after a discussion with about 80 voters at New England College.

Conversations with the contenders
The candidates and potential contenders speak out on ‘On Background,” the program that’s all about #NHPolitics.
Listen to Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota On Background
Listen to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Tim Ryan of Ohio On Background

On deck in NH
John Delaney returns to New Hampshire on Monday and Tuesday for this 16th trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state since announcing his presidential bid back in July of 2017. The former three-term congressman from Maryland plans stops in Peterborough, Nashua, Manchester, Concord, Tilton, Londonderry, and Raymond. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg returns to New Hampshire for his second visit since launching a presidential exploratory committee last month. Buttigieg will headline ‘Politics and Eggs’ on Friday. Later in the day he’ll hold an event in Portsmouth.

That's all we have, enjoy the weekend! You can follow Paul here and contact Kieran here

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