From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:

  • Sanders edges Biden in new Change Research Poll in NH

  • Castro’s Granite State prediction

  • Klobuchar spotlights plan to tackle opioid epidemic

  • Buttigieg staffing up in NH

  • Hickenlooper takes aim at socialism

  • Poll position in New Hampshire

  • Clinton returning to NH, how about Trump?

  • Booker first to open second NH office

  • It’s never too early to start thinking about 2024

Sanders edges out Biden in new NH poll; Buttigieg third

A new poll indicates Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont with a slight edge over former Vice President Joe Biden in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire. Thirty percent of likely Democratic primary voters questioned in a Change Research survey released on Tuesday said they’d vote for Sanders, with 26% backing Biden. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a one-time long-shot for the nomination who’s surged over the past two months, was third at 12%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts stood at 9% in the poll, which was conducted May 3-5. Sen. Kamala Harris of California was one percentage point back, at 8%.
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Castro’s Granite State prediction 

He may be a long-shot for the Democratic presidential nomination, but Julian Castro vows he can win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. “We were in Berlin today, visiting at White Mountains Community College. I’m going to be in Dover tonight. And I’m going to be back a lot more because I can win the New Hampshire primary when the time comes in February of 2020,” the former San Antonio, Texas mayor who later served as President Barack Obama’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary told SeacoastOnline. Castro, who was making his fourth visit to the Granite State since declaring his candidacy for president in January, pledged that “I’m going to go to every part of the state.
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Castro renews call for Trump impeachment to begin

Julian Castro once again urged the House of Representatives on Monday to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Castro made his case hours after the release of a statement by hundreds of former federal prosecutors claiming Special Counsel Robert Mueller would have recommended indicting Trump for obstruction of justice if Trump weren’t president. “The fact that you'd have almost 400 former federal prosecutors say that anybody else would have been charged with several felony counts for obstruction of justice, that says something,” Castro told Fox News on Monday.
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Klobuchar spotlights plant to tackle opioid epidemic

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar visited a Nashua recovery center Monday to talk up her $100 billion plan to address mental health and addiction. The senator from Minnesota emphasized that the country needs a president willing to lead on this issue. Klobuchar highlighted that her background -- as a county prosecutor, and as the daughter of an alcoholic -- shaped her approach to addiction policy. The candidate said the country is long overdue for a truly national approach to boosting treatment.

Buttigieg staffing up

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign officially announced on Monday that they are staffing up in New Hampshire. While it was known in political circles for weeks that Michael Ceraso had com on board as state director, he was formally introduced by the campaign. Cerasco has some Granite State campaign experience, serving as Sanders’ deputy state director in the 2016 cycle. The news, first reported by WMUR and the Concord Monitor, also included New Hampshire State Rep. Cole Riel as state outreach director and Kevin Donohoe as state communications director.

Hickenlooper takes aim at socialism

He says he doesn’t like it when candidates go negative against their rivals, but that appears to be what former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper did as he unveiled a policy proposal to “rescue and reboot American capitalism” but not move toward socialism as capitalism’s replacement. As Hickenlooper spotlighted his first major policy proposal of his presidential campaign during a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Friday, he took aim at elected officials in Washington who would “demonize the private sector to score political points.” And as he has in the past (see here), he targeted Medicare for All and other progressive policies, saying “these are certainly big ideas; they are also not good ideas. They would bloat the federal government. They would massively raise taxes. They would depress economic growth. And let me assure you, in the end, they would hurt working people.” It seemed clear that Hickenlooper – who describes himself as a “pragmatic progressive” - was targeting self-proclaimed Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – one of the front-runners for the nomination. During a scrum with reporters, Hickenlooper continued to disagree with Sanders proposals but praised his rival, saying “he uniquely created clarity around the issues being discussed…. Do I respect him? Absolutely.”
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 Hickenlooper takes aim at socialism 
WATCH: Hickenlooper praises Bernie Sanders 
WATCH: TV report 

Are new jobs numbers as rosy as they look?

Hickenlooper was one of the few Democratic contenders to weigh in on Friday’s economic news. The Labor Department reported that 263,000 jobs were added last month, with unemployment dropping to 3.6%, the lowest level in nearly half a century. President Donald Trump and his campaign quickly touted the numbers. Hickenlooper admitted that "certainly we're making progress and that's great." But he quickly added, "is it fast enough for most Americans? I don't think so."
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Poll Position

Former Vice President Joe Biden enjoys the support of 20% of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, according to a Suffolk University poll for the Boston Globe released Tuesday. The survey was conducted after the former vice president’s launch last week of his 2020 campaign for the White House. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from neighboring Vermont, stood at just over 12% in the poll. Sanders, who’s running a second-straight time for the Democratic nomination, crushed eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire’s 2016 Democratic primary and sees the state as critical for his 2020 bid. Pete Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran and two-term mayor of South Bend, Ind., grabbed the support of just under 12% of those questioned in the poll.


Taking into account the survey’s sampling error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points, Sanders and Buttigieg were all knotted up. Buttigieg, who would become the nation’s first openly gay president if he makes it to the White House, has soared in polling and media attention the past seven weeks. But a reminder that it’s still very early in the 2020 election cycle (we still have more than nine months to go until the February primary). Granite Staters are traditionally late deciders, so expect these numbers to shift in the ensuing months. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton topped the polls in the Democratic primary race here, with former Florida governor Jeb Bush ahead of the field in the GOP primary battle. At the time, both Sanders and Donald Trump – who ended up crushing the competition in the 2016 GOP primary in New Hampshire – were considered longshots.
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Bennet jumps in

The historically enormous roster of Democratic presidential candidates just got bigger. One week after former vice president Joe Biden entered the race for the White House, two-term Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado declared his candidacy Thursday. The senator’s announcement comes two weeks after he said he got a clean bill of health following prostate cancer surgery last month. Bennet is no stranger to NH – he made two stops in the state in March and April. Bennet told the Concord Monitor early last month – days before his surgery – that “I feel really lucky. It was caught early and this is a really treatable form of cancer and we have insurance. I think I’m going to be fine. I hope I will because I really want to have the opportunity to run in 2020.”
Concord Monitor

Biden’s wingman in NH

As reported last week last week, former Vice President Biden comes to New Hampshire on May 13-14 for the first time as a 2020 contender. Now, Democratic sources say that Biden will be accompanied during much of his two-day campaign swing by former four-term Gov. John Lynch. Last week, Lynch became the first high-profile Granite State politician to endorse the former vice president. Sources also tell the Concord Monitor that Biden will also likely land another endorsement from a well-known New Hampshire Democrat while he’s in the state.

Booker 1st to open 2nd office in NH

Need more evidence of the emphasis Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey’s placing on the Granite State? Well, here it is. Booker’s the first of the 2020 Democratic contenders to open a second office in the state. Booker, who already has a campaign headquarters in Manchester, will open a second office in Nashua. The Gate City location will start operating this month, the campaign says.

The Delaney challenge

Former Maryland congressman and Democratic presidential contender John Delaney’s campaign team in New Hampshire is spending part of Saturday helping clean up parts of New Hampshire’s largest city, as they join a clean up organized by the City of Manchester. The Delaney campaign’s New Hampshire director Chris MacKenzie is challenging other campaigns to follow suit. “I’m calling on every presidential campaign in New Hampshire to take time to serve the communities we’re campaigning in as part of the #NHServiceChallenge. As a New Hampshire native, I would love to see the campaigns in our state give back in a way that leaves the Granite State cleaner, healthier, and stronger,” MacKenzie emphasized in a statement. Booker’s campaign quickly responded that their volunteers helped clean up the Dover community trail last weekend.

Messam asks for a fair shake

One time 2020 long-shot Pete Buttigieg – the mayor of South Bend, Indiana – is now one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination. Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida, hopes he’ll also catch lightning in a bottle. The former Florida State University football star campaigned in NH this week for the first time.

Trump returning to NH?
New Hampshire gave Trump is first victory in the 2016 primaries, boosting him towards the GOP presidential nomination and eventually the White House. And Trump spent tons of time during the primaries and general election in this important battleground state. But he’s only been back once since his victory (while he won nationally, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton narrowly edged out Trump for NH’s four electoral votes). That was in March of 2018, as the president unveiled his plan to battle the opioid crisis. But Trump may be returning quite soon, says Corey Lewandowski. The one-time 2016 Trump campaign manager who remains a close political adviser to the president said that Trump may be returning the first-in-the-nation primary state before Memorial Day. Lewandowski – a NH resident – made his news during an appearance on ‘New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath.’ (TWEET)

Staffing Up

Kristen Morris has joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s team in New Hampshire, serving as press secretary. Morris was most recently media manager in the Granite State for the progressive grassroots organizing group NextGen.

On deck: 

Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts returns to NH today, stopping in Manchester (8:15am), Salem (noon) and Dalton (4pm).


Former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secy. Julian Castro is back on Monday, with stops in Berlin (12 Noon), Newmarket (4pm) and Dover (6pm).


Sen. Amy Klouchar, who this week unveiled her plan to tackle the opioid epidemic, will spotlight her proposals in Nashua on Monday at 2pm.


Delaney returns May 9-11, as does entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas.

Hillary Clinton returns

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state senator, and first lady is scheduled to speak at Dartmouth College on Wednesday. Clinton will visit the institution on speak at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. She will also meet privately with foreign policy students.

'On Background'
LISTEN: Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio and former Housing and Urban Development secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro are the guests on ‘On Background,’ the (WKXL) program that’s all about NH politics.

2024 Watch: Hurd trip to NH sparks some speculation

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas says he’s on a mission to help Republicans try and win back the House of Representatives next year. “We lost 40 Republican seats in the last election and if want to take back the House, that path comes through New England,” Hurd told Fox News during a quick trip to New Hampshire on Friday. But for Hurd, considered an up-and-comer in the GOP, parachuting into to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state also sparks some speculation that the former CIA officer and only black Republican in the House may have national designs in 2024.
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