Opening up shop
If one is serious about competing to win (or at least finish well), in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, he or she likely needs to take a hands-on approach.
Through the decades, Granite State voters have rightly become accustomed to getting to meet and question presidential candidates in person. It seems unlikely that one will get very far with New Hampshire voters by simply running TV commercials or internet ads.
With just about six months to go before the New Hampshire primary, at least three Democratic presidential candidates will soon have offices in downtown Nashua, while a fourth has an office across the Merrimack River in Hudson.
First to open an office in the Gate City was U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, who set up shop on West Pearl Street in May.
In June, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, established an office on Main Street. That same month, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., established his office on Hudson’s Derry Street.
Now, on Sunday, the campaign of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to open up shop on Main Street. Staff members and volunteers will be within shouting distance of those working on Warren’s behalf, which should make for an interesting dynamic.
We would hope and expect other serious contenders – namely former Vice President Joe Biden – to open campaign hubs in Nashua. As New Hampshire’s second largest city, the Gate City deserves such attention from those competing in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.