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Jan 22, 2016 10:56 AM

Shaheen, Hassan remain optimistic about Clinton's NH primary chances


CONCORD - Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has racked up some big endorsements here in New Hampshire, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan, but those endorsements haven't translated into success at the polls thus far. Still, Shaheen and Hassan remain confident that Clinton will succeed in New Hampshire.

"As I know too well, poll go up and down, that's the nature of polling," said Shaheen in an interview with NH1 News. Echoing a theme voiced by other Clinton supporters in recent days, Shaheen points out that in 2008, "Most of the pundits predicted Barack Obama was going to win New Hampshire big-Hillary came back and won it".

In a separate interview with NH1 Radio, Governor Hassan had a similar message, saying "I think polls are going up and down between now and primary day, and I learned a long time ago never to predict the outcome of the New Hampshire primary."

A UNH Granite State Poll issued this week shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders maintaining a double-digit lead among likely Democratic Primary Voters in New Hampshire-but Shaheen says there's still a long way to go before February 9th.

"Almost half of the voters-49 percent-say they've haven't decided who they're going to vote for yet," Shaheen says. "There's lots of room for movement".

Asked if she thinks her endorsement-and the endorsement of other like the Governor-can make a difference in the campaign, Shaheen said "I think endorsements are only good if you're willing to work as part of them...I intend to continue to do everything I can to help Hillary win the New Hampshire primary."


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