Democratic presidential hopeful Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE scored an endorsement from key New Hampshire political activist Dudley Dudley on Tuesday, marking his first endorsement in the Granite State.
Dudley, who endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) ahead of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, said she believes Steyer is the only candidate who can beat Trump in November, according to a CBS News reporter.
Her official endorsement came shortly after she accompanied Steyer to file for the state’s primary.
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Steyer entered the Democratic race in July and has since struggled to gain traction in the polls. He has also been viewed as a target of some progressives, who point to his status as a billionaire as a potential flaw.
The longtime activist addressed her decision to not endorse Sanders at a campaign event for Steyer in New Hampshire on Tuesday, telling attendees, “This is not his year.”
She also commented on Sanders’s fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), saying she is “fantastic” but can’t win, according to an NBC News reporter.
Dudley has a long history in New Hampshire Democratic politics, serving in the state’s House of Representatives from 1972 to 1976.
She later launched the 1980 Draft Kennedy campaign, urging then-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to challenge former President Carter.
Dudley unsuccessfully endorsed Paul Tsongas over former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWill the ‘law and order’ president pardon Roger Stone? Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden The sad spectacle of Trump’s enablers MORE in 1992 and threw her support behind former President Obama’s campaign in 2008. Obama ended up losing New Hampshire to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2008 but went on to win the presidency that same year.