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Democrats call in the cavalry to save a blue seat at key Senate battleground

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar joined her Democratic colleague Sen. Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire on the campaign trail. With just two days until the midterm elections, Klobuchar urged a crowd full of party activists and supporters to “turn out the vote.”

Hassan, who was a former governor and first-term senator, is fighting for political survival as she faces a stronger challenge than anticipated from Don Bolduc, the Republican Senate nominee.

Hassan stated, “I won this seat with 1,017 votes statewide,” to the packed Rockingham County Democrats’ offices, in Exeter, New Hampshire. She harked back to her 2016 razor-thin win over then-GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

“That’s what we call a field margin in the business. This is what happens when people go out and talk to their neighbors and friends, and make the case. Hassan reminded them that Tuesday’s Election Day …. is very important.

Bolduc’s lead of once over Hassan has been eroded and there is now a margin for error in the race. This race will determine whether Republicans can win the Senate majority.

In defense of Hassan, Democrats called on the cavalry to boost him in the final days of the campaign.

Jill Biden, the first lady, joined Senator Warren on the campaign trail last weekend. The progressive champion Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the short journey from Massachusetts to join Hassan. Marty Walsh, the Labor Secretary, and former Boston Mayor met with Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday. Klobuchar joined Hassan at several stops on Sunday. They were also joined by Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, at a rally in Nashua (New Hampshire).

New Hampshire Democrats are well-versed in Klobuchar and Buttigieg after they finished second and third in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries in the state. This is the 100th year of the White House’s first primary.

“When we look back at the 2020 primary – who drew in independents or, as was the case with Pete Buttigieg – it wasn’t the Republicans, but Pete Buttigieg or Amy Klobuchar,” New Hampshire Democratic Party treasurer and 2018 candidate Maura Sullivan stated. “And having them there is a great reminder to the undeclared voter of the shared values they have with Sen. Maggie Hassan.”

Exeter crowd heard from Hassan that Amy Klobuchar was “a great energy and friend for me”. He also called New Hampshire friend Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Many of the crowd went out to knock on doors in a last-minute effort to get out the vote.

In a short interview, Hassan stated that the stakes were high and that it was important to have people around to help energize those who work so hard.

Bolduc has also hired some highly-respected surrogates to be his Granite State counterpart.

Former governor of South Carolina Former South Carolina governor. Bolduc was also represented by Sen. Rick Scott, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

As Hassan had a healthy lead in polls, the race in New Hampshire was close to being over a month ago. Senate Leadership Fund, the largest super PAC supporting Senate Republican incumbents and their candidates – which had poured eight-figure sums into the race to boost Bolduc – pulled out and took $5.6 million from New Hampshire. It then moved to other states.

However, just as the GOP gained momentum nationwide, New Hampshire’s polls also increased. Bolduc was supported by several super PACs that were pro-Republican and the NRSC, which reinvested in the race.

Bolduc was not the first choice of many national Republicans to face Hassan. She was, due to her low poll numbers, viewed as vulnerable for almost two years.

A group outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell, the long-serving Senate GOP leader, spent seven figures to support Bolduc’s main opponent in the mid-September primary, conservative state Senate President Chuck Morse. They considered him a stronger candidate for the general election.

The Senate Majority PAC, the pro-Democratic super PAC that aligns with Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, spent seven figures to boost Bolduc. They viewed the retired general as a weaker opponent to Hassan than Morse.

Seven weeks later, Bolduc is tied with Hassan in the final days of the midterm campaign.

When Hassan was asked if Democrats had made a mistake in pumping up Bolduc for the GOP primary, Hassan replied, “We always knew that this race would be close” and stressed that “I don’t control clearly what outside groups do.”

The senator said, “It speaks about the need to get the dark money out of politics,” as she praised her efforts to do so.<

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