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From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Buttigieg takes aim at Trump, jabs at Biden, during NH return

  • Sanders to hold town halls during his first multi-day swing in NH

  • Biden coming back to NH in early June before fundraising in Boston

  • Booker’s the first 2020 contender to get to three (we explain below)

  • Christie in 2024?


Buttigieg packs them in – in Exeter

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg took aim at Republican President Donald Trump in front of a jam-packed crowd at Exeter’s historic town hall on Friday evening. The South Bend, Indiana mayor, a one-time long-shot for the White House who’s surged the past two months to become a very credible contender, also indirectly took a few jabs at former Vice President Joe Biden, the clear front-running right now in the Democratic nomination race. The Afghanistan War veteran, speaking to a crowd that his campaign estimated at 680 people, criticized Trump for “chest thumping militarism” as the specter of war with Iran rises. He added that the president “now seems to be setting us on a course that could lead to violent confrontation. Asked by a member of the crowd why they should support him, Buttigieg declared “two reasons, I’m going to make a really good president and I’m going to win.” Buttigieg continues his NH swing on Saturday morning with a house party in Concord and a town hall in Keene.
Seacoast Online
Fox News 
TV Report


Sanders making first campaign swing in NH

Sen. Bernie Sanders returns to New Hampshire on Monday, for his first multi-event campaign swing in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state since launching his second straight White House bid in February. On his third trip to the Granite State since this year (the first two were quick stops), Sanders will hold ice cream socials with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream co-founder Ben Cohen in Warner, Laconia, and Rollinsford on Memorial Day. On Tuesday, Sanders will hold town halls in Concord and Londonderry before headlining an evening rally in Manchester. News of the trip was first reported by the Concord Monitor. Sanders relentlessly campaigned in New Hampshire in the 2016 primary. His crushing victory over Hillary Clinton launched him into a marathon battle with the eventual nominee that lasted until the summer of 2016.
Concord Monitor


Biden returning a week later

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the clear front-runner right now in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, will return to the Granite State on June 4, for his second trip here since launching his campaign in late April. And the next day, he’ll headline two fundraisers while in Boston.
Fox News

They want Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris of California will keynote the Portsmouth Democrats annual fundraising banquet, a much desired event any 2020 contender would be thrilled to headline. The Portsmouth Democrats told Seacoast Online – which was first to report the news – that they took a vote and Harris was their first choice as featured speaker. Last year, Rep. Adam Schiff – the House Intelligence Committee chair and a fellow Golden Stater – headlined the gala.

Sanders ballot access bill

The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday passed a bill which removes any potential barrier for Sanders to file for the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary. The measure removes a requirement that candidates in the presidential primary must be a registered voter in the political party in which he or she wishes to file. The bill allows the candidate to file in a party’s primary as long he or she is a “recognized candidate for president” in that party. Sanders, an independent senator who calls himself a Democratic Socialist, is a resident of Vermont, where people do not declare a party when they register to vote. He was challenged after he filed for the primary in 2016. But the state’s Ballot Law Commission – at the time - upheld his eligibility, after they were convinced that enough evidence was presented to show that Sanders was a de facto Democrat.

Booker’s office expansion

Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign in New Hampshire is the first to open a third office in the first-in-the-nation primary state. Seacoast Online reported that the campaign digs will be located in Portsmouth. Earlier this year Booker’s team set up their state headquarters in Manchester (NH’s largest city) and recently opened up a second office in Nashua.
Seacoast Online 

Beto O’Rourke makes it official on NH hires

It’s been widely known for a few weeks, but Beto O’Rourke’s campaign announced this week that veteran New Hampshire based Democratic strategist and former state director for Sen. Maggie Hassan had come on board as O’Rourke’s state director. They also said that Democratic operative Soham Pandit – who most recently worked on Rep. Chris Pappas’ 2018 election to Congress – was now serving as deputy state director. They also released their leadership team in the Granite State. Those details from WMUR

Follow the money

NH political reporting legend John DiStaso provides a great way to see how much campaign cash the 2020 contenders are raising, what they’re spending it on, and who’s donating to the candidates.

Organic yogurt maker’s invitation to the 2020 contenders

With climate change now a leading campaign issue, presidential candidates are being invited to participate in a series of New Hampshire forums exploring its effect on agriculture and food production -- and to explain their solutions. The “Stonyfield 2020 Presidential Forum on Climate and Agriculture,” to be moderated by Stonyfield Farm chair and former chief executive officer Gary Hirshberg, is scheduled to launch in late June and to run as a series at least through November.

Messam returns to NH

Wayne Messam, the Miramar, Florida mayor who’s one of the two-dozen Democrats running for the White House, this week made his second trip to NH since launching his campaign. He joined the Manchester Young Democrats for a meet and greet and sat down for an extended TV interview.

Christie’s quick trip to NH

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination,  passed through New Hampshire as he headlined the Merrimack County’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Day fundraising dinner. While he’s not running for anything 2020, Christie didn’t rule out a White House run in 2024, when he noted that his kids will be done with college.

This weekend

We already told you about Sanders and Buttigeig, but two other Democrats running for the White House are in the state this holiday weekend.

*Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland (who announced his candidacy way back in July of 2017) holds events Sunday in Amherst and Dunbarton. On Memorial Day, he’s in Charlestown, Bow and Portsmouth.

*Rep. Eric Swalwell of California campaigns Sunday in Merrimack, Concord, and Laconia. On Memorial Day he’s in West Ossipee and Plymouth

*After speaking Friday to the Seacoast Republican Women (TWEET), Weld campaigns Sunday in Manchester (four events) before heading to the popular Beach Plum along the ocean in North Hampton, followed by three stops in Hampton and Hampton Beach. On Memorial Day, Weld will mark the holiday in Londonderry.
LISTEN Interviews with Pete Buttigieg, Jay Inslee, and Marianne Williamson on ‘On Background,’ the program hosted by Chris Ryan and yours truly that’s all about #NHpolitics.

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