February 20, 2019

LACKING THE NH ADVANTAGE:

New Hampshire gives Harris a hard time for rarely showing up (CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO, 02/19/2019, Politico)

[H]er chances of capturing New Hampshire were viewed with such a jaundiced eye by local media that one of Harris' first exchanges during a two-day swing -- with an in-state reporter -- included a not-so-subtle reminder that she waited weeks after announcing her White House bid to travel to the Granite State.

"We're glad you're here," the reporter told Harris. Then he asked whether her absence helped feed the perception that New Hampshire isn't a high priority.

Another interviewer -- this one on ABC affiliate WMUR -- was more direct: "We haven't seen much of you in the previous two years. Why was that?" he asked. "The narrative is out there, I guess, that 'Sen. Harris is focusing elsewhere.'" [...]

Harris didn't campaign in New Hampshire in the midterms -- and her team has sketched out paths to the Democratic nomination that run through the other early states and to Super Tuesday. Harris traveled to South Carolina before and after her presidential announcement and was in Iowa for her recent CNN town hall. She launched her campaign in Oakland, Calif., and has returned to her home state to raise money and lock down endorsements.

Some of it may be structural. New Hampshire's open primary, which allows independents to participate, can favor mavericks and ideologues. Harris doesn't fit in either camp.

The Daughter Judd was all in for Jeb but went to see John Kasich and was impressed: "I'll have to meet him again before I decide." Flatlanders don't really get the degree to which presidential politics is like Red Sox baseball here. Everybody follows it every day and takes it personally.

Posted by at February 20, 2019 12:04 AM

  

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