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Harris Closes Three of Four Offices in New Hampshire to Concentrate on Iowa

Harris Closes Three of Four Offices in New Hampshire to Concentrate on Iowa

She once promised to make the Granite State “a top priority moving forward,” describing it as “a very important state” and a “great state.”

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) closed three of her four field offices in New Hampshire in order to fully concentrate on Iowa.

This is the latest sign Harris knows the end is near for her on the campaign trail. From WMUR:

In a statement shared first with WMUR on Friday afternoon, Harris campaign spokesperson Nate Evans said:

“Sen. Harris and this team set out with one goal — to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020. To do so, the campaign has made a strategic decision to realign resources to go all-in on Iowa, resulting in office closures and staff realignments and reductions in New Hampshire.

“The campaign will continue to have a staff presence in New Hampshire but the focus is and will continue to be on Iowa.”

Evans added: “Sen. Harris will not visit New Hampshire on Nov. 6 and 7, but her name will still be placed on the primary ballot.”

The Keene Sentinel took pictures of the empty field office on Main Street in Keene, which just opened in September. One table had opened bags of Cheetos and Halloween candy.

The Portsmouth office’s chalkboard read, “105 days until Feb. 11.” Her Nashua office is empty. You can only tell she had an office in the building because of the “Kamala Harris” on the list of offices.

Even if Harris performs well in Iowa, the decision to ignore New Hampshire will likely harm her. If anything it sounds like Harris wants to go out with a bang:

“It’s not a strategy that has been proven to be successful,” said Wayne Lesperance, politics professor at New England College. “It’s such low hanging fruit to come in here and file and get a positive news story.”

“If you don’t win, place of show in Iowa and New Hampshire, it’s very difficult to have the momentum necessary to go forward in other states,” he said. “What it tells me is that her campaign is on life support. It’s desperate.

“She’s thumbing her nose at the New Hampshire primary, and there is no upside to this approach,” Lesperance said.

Lesperance also pointed out that Harris could also be burning her bridges in New Hampshire for any future run for president, if she is unsuccessful in the current campaign.

Only sitting presidents have ever not filed personally for the New Hampshire primary in the past. Secretary of State William Gardner, who has served at that position for 43 years, said he cannot recall a non-sitting president doing this during his tenure.

The candidates who choose to ignore or pay little attention to New Hampshire end up failing.

Harris started off strong in New Hampshire after she announced her campaign in January. Venues filled when she did visit and many had to wait outside.

She never took advantage of this. Harris has only made eight visits to New Hampshire, the lowest out of all the 2020 candidates.

Harris last visited the Granite State in September for the state’s Democratic Convention. She promised to make New Hampshire “a top priority moving forward,” describing it as “a very important state” and a “great state.”


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Barry Soetoro | November 1, 2019 at 8:10 pm

Willie Brown’s blow-up doll must have taken lessons on allocating campaign efforts from Hillary.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Barry Soetoro. | November 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Like the football players, Kamala must suffer from repetitive head concussions, no?

    ….headboard meet Kamala and Willy…..

I guess all the intersections leading to the intersectionality lead to a dead end street.

Bye, Felicia

The Friendly Grizzly | November 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm

Francis O’Rourke is out. Harris soon will be. I guess this is the start of the unter-kandidat field stepping aside, so Her Majesty of Chappaqua can step in and Save The Party.

She won’t be too long in the clown car. She just hasn’t come to grips with it yet that she can’t sleep her way in, even if she were to lower her standards to go with Bubba.
At least Beta is done.
I wonder how Booker T-Bone is staying in…

“Harris has only made eight visits to New Hampshire, the lowest out of all the 2020 candidates.”

So she wasn’t spending time in Iowa or NH, what was she doing?

4 things you need to do: raise money, raise your profile at the debates, visit IA and visit NH. That’s how you get in the running.

Except for the first debate, she didn’t do them well at all – because she didn’t have to in California. Running real campaigns that are real competitive hones a politician’s skill.

She doesn’t have the skills because she got a free pass her whole career.

    Barry Soetoro in reply to PrincetonAl. | November 1, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Wasn’t the reason for bumping the California primary up early to secure the nomination early for their airhead Senator?

“She’s thumbing her nose at the New Hampshire primary, and there is no upside to this approach,” Lesperance said.

That blows….

In 1984 I attended a precinct caucus in Iowa. Somebody spoke for each candidate, different somebodies, one for each candidate. Then somebody counted those in attendance. A calculation found 15 percent of that number. Group by group, the smaller groups dissolved, going to larger groups. When every group was 15 percent or larger, then we voted on delegates to the county caucus. So, if a candidate is in single digits they will end up with zero delegates.

Has it changed?

That photo of her campaign office in Keene is pretty sad (linked above) … cheap plastic tables, metal folding chairs, bag of candy and chips on a table and crepe-paper streamer wrapped around a pole.

Apparently she’s no better at interior decorating than she is at politics.

Christopher B | November 1, 2019 at 9:56 pm

It’s a euphemism. 😉

Milwaukee, I never went to a Dem precinct but that sounds right. The GOP switched to a nonbinding straw poll and delegate selection in 2012. I left before 2016 so I don’t know what they did then but I think it was similar. GOP delegates aren’t bound until the county level if I remember correctly.

That is quite a pension for the SoS…43 years in office. Egads.

She just didn’t have enough time to “do” all the voters.

I’ll bet she will eventually explain that she couldn’t win in New Hampshire due to the overwhelmingly white population (=RACIST!). Of course, the same can be said of Iowa but that will probably prove her point when she gets crushed there.

Just setting up her Clintonesque post-campaign blue period which will probably include a book about why she lost (cheating, bigotry, misogyny,….).

I was wrong about the Harris campaign. I was sure she would be the nominee. Being black and female is a powerful one-two punch in a Party that despises intelligence and ability and only cares about race, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation (or lack thereof).

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | November 2, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Kamala is not “with” Hilary……..

    Maybe that’s her core problme……

      I observed in mid-’18 that Harris was tied into the Clinton/Hollywood money machine. That, plus her general oily nature and two-fer status, seemed perfect.

      I figured she was getting plenty of professional media advice. It seemed to work for a while. Given the ongoing meltdown in the D Party, it will not shock me if she re-emerges in a brokered convention.

      For various reasons, I think Biden, Bernie, Liz, and Pete are toast in a general election, and I think the Ds know it. Should be an interesting spring and summer on that side of the fence.

Lucifer Morningstar | November 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Once Heels Up Harris loses the Iowa Caucuses she’ll slink back to the Senate as the Junior Senator from California. And with any luck will fade into well deserved obscurity.

    No no no! Headboard Harris said she was “moving to Iowa!”

    This California native wants her to keep her word, we’ve had quite enough of her and her ilk here in California!

    (Yes, the Recall Gavin Newscum movement is progressing well, now that you ask. I sure hope Pres. Trump comes to CA to campaign, he’ll get a roaring welcome!)

Her meltdown is a genuine surprise to me. I really thought she was wired in to be the nominee.