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Oct 20, 2014 9:21 AM

Elizabeth Warren to appear in NH for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen


CONCORD - Add another name to the parade of high profile surrogates parachuting into New Hampshire's crucial U.S. Senate race.

The campaign of Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced Monday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will come to the Granite State on Saturday to campaign for Shaheen, who's facing off against Republican challenger Scott Brown.

Warren, who's become a hero to liberals nationwide, defeated then-Sen. Brown of Massachusetts in the 2012 election. Brown moved late last year to New Hampshire, where he spent part of his childhood, and where he long-owned a vacation home. In April, Brown formally launched a challenge against Shaheen, who's a former New Hampshire governor.

With two weeks to go until Election Day, polls indicate the contest between Shaheen and Brown is very close. The latest NH1 Poll by New England College indicated Brown at 48 percent and Shaheen at 47 percent among likely Granite State voters. The most recent WMUR/Granite State Poll by the University of New Hampshire indicated Shaheen with a 47 percent-41 percent advantage over Brown.

"Never in a bazillion years did it cross my mind that Scott Brown would pack up and move to his vacation house in New Hampshire to run against our friend Jeanne. But that's exactly what happened - and friend, the race is neck-and-neck," writes Warren in email to Shaheen supporters.

"That's why I'm going to New Hampshire next weekend to join Jeanne Shaheen, to make sure our neighbors know as much about Scott Brown's record as the voters of Massachusetts did when they decided to turn him out," Warren said.

Warren is the latest big name surrogate to make an appearance in the Granite State. Last Thursday, former President Bill Clinton headlined a major Democratic Party dinner in Manchester, where he teamed up with Shaheen as well as Gov. Maggie Hassan and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster. And Clinton's wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, comes to New Hampshire on Nov. 2 to campaign with Shaheen and Hassan. The appearance by Hillary Clinton in the state that holds the first-in-the-nation primary is increasing speculation that Clinton is moving toward a run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

A host of top Republicans also have been coming to New Hampshire to campaign with Brown. This past Wednesday 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney teamed up with Brown at an event in Hudson. And the next day Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, who seriously thinking about a race for the White House, campaigned for Brown at multiple events across the state.

The Shaheen-Brown showdown is one of a dozen Senate contests nationwide that could determine whether the Democrats retain control of the chamber following the midterm elections. Democrats currently control the Senate 55-45 (43 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs next month. And half of the seats they are defending are in red or purple states like New Hampshire.


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