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Sep 30, 2014 1:41 PM

First on NH1: Hillary Clinton to headline NYC fundraiser for NH's Jeanne Shaheen

Political Director - NH1.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hillary Clinton will be the main attraction at a fundraiser this week in New York City for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, according to sources with knowledge of the event.

Word of the fundraiser comes on the day that Clinton was supposed to headline a fundraiser in the nation's capital for New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro. NH1 was first to report on Monday that the DC fundraiser had been postponed. D'Allesandro told NH1 that he received a call Monday morning from Clinton's staff informing him that the former secretary of state had cancelled all appearances for the next couple of days and was staying in NYC to concentrate on her new job: grandmother.

Chelsea Clinton gave birth on Friday to a baby girl, as was expected to bring her newborn home early this week.

News of the Shaheen fundraiser will spark more speculation that the likely 2016 presidential candidate is moving closer towards another run for the White House. Earlier this month Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, went to Iowa to headline the final Steak Fry of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin. Since then there's been plenty of speculation on whether Hillary Clinton would travel to the Granite State to campaign for Shaheen, the state's two Democratic congresswomen, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Both states, of course, play crucial roles in the race for the White House. Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and New Hampshire comes next, holding the first primary.

Former President Clinton will headline the state Democratic party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on October 16 in Manchester. Shaheen, Hassan, Kuster and Shea-Porter will be in attendance.

Both the first-term Democratic senator and her husband Bill have long been close with both Clintons. Bill Shaheen served as co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign in New Hampshire. After a third-place finish in Iowa, Clinton won the New Hampshire primary. The then senator from New York State battled then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in a marathon and historic nomination fight, before suspending her campaign in June of 2008.

Shaheen is running for re-election this year against GOP nominee Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts. The contest is one of a dozen nationwide that will decide whether the Democrats retain their majority in the Senate. With five weeks to go until the November election, most public opinion polls indicate Shaheen with a single digit advantage over Brown.


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