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New Hampshire a Lost Cause for Hillary?

New Hampshire a Lost Cause for Hillary?
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By    |   Tuesday, 06 October 2015 01:06 PM

Some renegade Hillary Clinton presidential campaign supporters reportedly think New Hampshire — where the Democratic candidate is polling behind rival Bernie Sanders — is a lost cause.

According to Politico, a group of Clinton's informal advisers — described as "veterans of the family's old campaigns and people close to Clinton's fundraising" — believes Sanders has a near-certain lock on New Hampshire, and that the campaign should focus on states beyond both New Hampshire and Iowa.

"I look at New Hampshire and I say, 'um, yeah, whatever,'" one unnamed source tells Politico. "I like the people in Iowa. I like the people in New Hampshire. But you know what? They are distinctly different than most places in the country are. They are very white, they are very parochial. And they are not emblematic of the country."

"It's about preserving the antique nomination process," the source adds. "I don't know if I care so much. I'd like to win. But I don't think it's crucial, nor do I think it's necessary, to win either of those two states."

The view illustrates a widening rift between Clinton's team — which believes New Hampshire is anything but hopeless — and the pocket of informal but influential advisers and old friends, Politico reports.

"New Hampshire is doing its important work, which is having the candidates do all the critical work that needs to be done to earn the vote," said Clinton's New Hampshire state director, Mike Vlacich, tells Politico.

"We set out from the very beginning understanding that we would have a challenge, and that we would have to work hard to meet that challenge."

Clinton was in New Hampshire on Monday and was expected in Iowa on Tuesday.

"To make a determination of what the outcome is going to be in early February, based on a few polls right now? That's craziness," former New Hampshire Democratic Party chairwoman Kathy Sullivan, a Clinton supporter, tells Politico.

Campaign faithful believe Sanders' current lead in New Hampshire is no reason to write it off.

"This is not the first time we've seen this dynamic in the New Hampshire primary," Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire's Survey Center, tells Politico. "There's 40-to-45 percent of the Democratic primary voters who, time after time, want to be swept off their feet by somebody other than the front-runner. This goes back to Gene McCarthy."

For now, Clinton's campaign faithful see her polling deficit as a positive.

"I would rather not be the person with a commanding lead right now, because in New Hampshire that usually leads to heartbreak," Sullivan tells Politico.

And fundraiser Robert Zimmerman adds: "The only thing worse than being in second in New Hampshire and Iowa at this stage is being in first."

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Some renegade Hillary Clinton presidential campaign supporters reportedly think New Hampshire - where the Democratic candidate is polling behind rival Bernie Sanders - is a lost cause.
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