Oct 3, 2014 1:30 PM

Paul Steinhauser: Hillary Clinton headed to NH to stump for Shaheen, Hassan

NH1 Political Director -

WASHINTON, D.C. - Hillary Clinton's coming to New Hampshire just before the midterm elections.

The former secretary of state and likely 2016 presidential contender will be in the Granite State on Nov. 2, multiple Democratic sources with knowledge of the event confirmed Friday to NH1. Clinton will headline a rally for fellow Democrats Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (a longtime friend of both Hillary and Bill Clinton) and Gov. Maggie Hassan, who are both running for re-election.

Earlier this week Clinton was the main attraction at a fundraiser in New York City for Shaheen, who was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Shaheen - who served three terms as governor - and her husband Bill, have long been close with both Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Bill Shaheen served as co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign in New Hampshire.

Former President Clinton is also coming to New Hampshire before the midterms. He'll headline the state Democratic party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on October 16 in Manchester. Shaheen, Hassan, and the state's two U.S. House members, Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, will be in attendance.

Hillary Clinton's trip to New Hampshire is part of her political schedule through Election Day that was first reported earlier Friday by Politico's Maggie Haberman. That eight-state itinerary also includes a visit to Iowa, where the Democrats are trying to hang onto the seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Tom Harkin.

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.

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. Hassan is running for re-election against GOP challenger Walt Havenstein.

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