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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's chances in N.H. for 2016

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. listening at a news conference about a bill regarding military sexual assault cases on Capitol Hill in Washington. This week, the Senate is slated to consider an annual defense policy bill that would strip commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions, require dishonorable discharge or dismissal for any individual convicted of sexual assault and establish a civilian review when a decision is made not to prosecute a case. The bill also would provide a special counsel for victims and eliminate the statute of limitations. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. listening at a news conference about a bill regarding military sexual assault cases on Capitol Hill in Washington. This week, the Senate is slated to consider an annual defense policy bill that would strip commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions, require dishonorable discharge or dismissal for any individual convicted of sexual assault and establish a civilian review when a decision is made not to prosecute a case. The bill also would provide a special counsel for victims and eliminate the statute of limitations. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Wayne Lesperance: Imagine a 2016 New Hampshire primary with four or more viable women seeking their party’s nomination for president. New Hampshire is no stranger to picking strong women to lead us at all political levels. And in 2008, Granite Staters voted for a woman for the Democratic nomination for president. Still, while Gillibrand is a name associated with national ambitions, there are few who think she will run in 2016, let alone best Hillary Clinton.

Phil Boynton: It all depends on Hillary.

Dante Scala: Sleeper candidate who has showcased excellent fund-raising abilities as senator from New York.

Jess Steever: The successor to Clinton’s New York Senate seat, Gillibrand has been on a fast track to political success. Though she has been lauded among liberals for her support of gun control and universal health care, it was her fierce and eloquent advocacy for military sexual assault victims that earned her national respect. However, it is unlikely that she has the name recognition in New Hampshire to beat out big names like Clinton.

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