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An extra-early look at the 2016 N.H. Democratic primary field

Is it too early to worry about New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation 2016 Democratic presidential primary? Of course not! We asked some local experts for their assessment of some of the top potential candidates. (Yesterday they discussed the Republicans.) Our analysts: Wayne Lesperance, professor of political science at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats.

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Wayne Lesperance: It is remarkable to think that a sitting vice president is not the frontrunner for his party’s nomination for president. But the polling data is clear. Joe Biden is a distant second to Hillary Clinton nationally and in New Hampshire. Still, if he does run, he will have the organization and the resources to make a very strong …

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's chances in N.H. for 2016

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wayne Lesperance: History will focus on the historic election of Barack Obama in 2008. But what many have forgotten is that it was Hillary Clinton who won the New Hampshire presidential primary that year. And by all accounts, Clinton is far and away the front runner among Democrats to win the first-in-the-nation primary and her party’s nomination. For now, at …

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's chances in N.H. for 2016

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wayne Lesperance: Cuomo’s name comes up in many conversations about the 2016 race for president. But that’s about as far as it goes for Cuomo. There’s just no evidence he’s seriously interested in a run, and he has no presence in New Hampshire. Phil Boynton: It all depends on Hillary. Dante Scala: Fiscally moderate, socially liberal governor of New York …

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

Friday, May 2, 2014

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 …

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley's chances in N.H. for 2016

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wayne Lesperance: Unlike Andrew Cuomo, there is every indication that Martin O’Malley is interested in running for president. And unlike Joe Biden, O’Malley’s is a new face on the national stage. The former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, O’Malley has the ability to position himself as the alternative to Hillary Clinton. Phil Boynton: It all depends on Hillary. …

Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer's chances in N.H. for 2016

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wayne Lesperance: Brian Schweitzer is on an interesting path to running for president. In one interview he described a run as something that would “ruin” his life. And yet a short time later he gave a speech in Iowa where he was critical of the president and of Hillary Clinton. First-in-the-nation voters tend to like frank talk from candidates. Schweitzer’s …

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's chances in N.H. for 2016

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Wayne Lesperance: Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the darling of progressives. With encouragement and support from other national Democrats like Howard Dean, there will be a strong push for her to run in 2016. And for those who do not think Hillary Clinton is progressive enough, Warren serves as a strong alternative. Still, there’s little evidence she is interested in …

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