• Paul Steinhauser

2020 contender Buttigieg enjoying momentum as he returns to N.H.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd about his Presidential run during the Democratic monthly breakfast held at the Circle of Friends Community Center in Greenville, S.C. Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Pete Buttigieg returns to New Hampshire for the first time in nearly a month as a candidate on the move.

Thanks to tons of media buzz and coverage on the cable news networks, a surge in the crowds on the campaign trail, and an impressive fundraising haul, the South Bend, Ind., mayor has gone from a longshot to a legitimate contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“It’s extraordinary,” Buttigieg said in a recent interview with the Monitor. “It’s early but it’s encouraging.”

Buttigieg drew some 1,000 people to an event earlier this week at Boston’s Northeastern University. And his campaign moved Friday night’s meet-and-greet in Manchester from a small craft brewery to the nearby Currier Museum of Art because they needed a larger venue.

Saturday, the 37-year-old Afghanistan war veteran – who would become the nation’s first openly gay president if he makes it to the White House – will headline a meet-and-greet with the Merrimack Democrats at Gibson’s Bookstore in downtown Concord.

Buttigieg recollected that he started noticing the larger crowds and increased buzz during his last visit to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state.

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