An epic battle could be lining up in New Hampshire between New England Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., if both decide to jump into the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential election, political watchers are saying.
Warren was the first to launch a presidential exploratory committee and in recent weeks has reached out to leading Democrats in New Hampshire, the location of the nation's first presidential primary elections, reports Fox News.
Sanders, of Vermont, is also from a state bordering New Hampshire, and that could add up to a battle in the tiny state.
Warren is expected to start her visits soon to New Hampshire, Iowa, and other early voting states, according to sources familiar with her campaign operation. During her 2018 Senate campaign she was careful to stay out of of New Hampshire, while Sanders went there twice.
Sanders, defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 New Hampshire primary election, but should he run against Warren, that would put two of the party's most progressive figures head to head.
"Bernie and Warren are both great on the issues and for me it's a question of what each of their organizations will look like and who of the two of them has a better shot against (President Donald) Trump," longtime state party chairman Ray Buckle commented.
Political scientist and New England College vice president of academic affairs Wayne Lesperance said both Sanders and Warren can speak to the anger and frustration voters hold.
"[Sanders] occupied rare space last cycle because there wasn't another progressive voice that gained a lot of national attention," Lesperance said. "This cycle will not be that way."
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