Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., topped Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a New Hampshire straw poll last week, helping fuel a surge that makes her both a target and able to “set the pace” in the Democratic presidential primary race, strategists said Thursday.
The progressive presidential primary straw poll Saturday in Manchester, N.H., showed Warren with 34.6% support, beating Sanders, who garnered 24%. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, each only netted 6% support.
In an interview on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing,” Colin Reed, a Republican strategist and managing director at Definers Public Affairs, said Warren's straw poll win is helping raise her profile.
“I think Warren is having a moment. It's undeniable. You're seeing it across the country,” Reed said.
“I think where Senator Warren did not get what she needed, she's not going to be on the big stage next week at the [Democratic presidential primary] debate,” he said.
“She'll not have the chance to take on [former Vice President Joe] Biden. She'll be on the stage with folks looking up with her at the polls and she's gone from being the hunter to the hunted. When you're on top, you get arrows pointed at you.”
Mary Anne Marsh, former senior adviser to John Kerry, said, however, Warren now has “set the pace.”
“Everyone's had to react to her,” Marsh said. “I expect Elizabeth Warren to challenge Biden and Sanders … when they're not standing there and they can't respond. They'll end up responding to her for at least 24 hours until they take the stage Thursday night.”
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