New Hampshire, a state that gave Hilary Clinton hope in her 2008 campaign is now proving to be very difficult in 2015. During her ailing presidential campaign after her disastrous third-place finish in Iowa, it was this same New Hampshire that breathed life into her campaign but now it is becoming obviously she could lose to senator Bernie Sanders.
Even her allies acknowledge she could lose New Hampshire to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is currently leading in the polls. This time around, the first-in-the-nation primary state is shaping up to be the tougher early-voting-state battleground for Clinton.
Clinton is not backing down one bit
During her her final road trip for 2015, Clinton campaigned through slick roads and snow showing how hard she is willing to fight for a victory. About 900 New Hampshire residents packed the pews in Portsmouth for her first town hall of the day.
She addressed them saying: “I need all of you to be part of this campaign. In many ways, you are the first, or depending on how you define it, the last line of defense. The decision that New Hampshire makes is so important.”
According to latest polls, Clinton is behind Sanders by 9 percentage points in the state. She made great efforts to campaign through 10 inches of snow to Berlin, the northernmost city in the state, for the day’s second town hall, a three-hour haul. Her supporters were quick to point out that Republican Jeb Bush, in contrast, canceled his Peterborough event because of the weather.
She said: “I’m excited and very much looking forward to the sprint toward the primary. As you know, I’ve had two full town hall meetings just on the issue of substance abuse. When I made a list of what I was going to talk about on my campaign, it wasn’t on that list. But on my first trip [to Keene], that was what was raised with me.”
She made sure she mentioned her sacrifice to their hearing. She did not mention Donald Trump or any of the Republican candidates, which she often does during her town halls, even after Trump stepped up his attacks on Bill Clinton. Rather, she highlighted the $2 billion Alzheimer’s plan she unveiled last week, a strong issue for Democrats, who consistently lose the senior vote and need an issue that can show how government investment matters in people’s daily lives.
Clinton took the window to shine when a Liberian man in the audience mentioned that his country has already elected its first female president
She said: “The president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has been elected twice … has been an extraordinary leader. She inherited an economy and government that was bankrupt. They had this terrible civil war that had just destroyed so much of the productive capacity in addition to taking so many lives … and a lot of Liberians left Liberia because of a lack of safety. She has been incredibly focused on trying to improve the government, improve the economy, then she was dealt the terrible blow of Ebola.”
Sanders currently has between 80 and 90 paid staffers working out of 15 field offices across the state with 5,600 volunteers while Clinton has 11 field offices with 60 paid staffers and 7,643 volunteers.