Klobuchar Surge Shows why this Process Needs New Hampshire

The biggest loser emerging from the early going of the Democratic nomination process is no candidate, but rather the Iowa Caucuses. Busted apps, coin flips, and quirky delegate allocations appear to have finally convinced most Americans that the Buckeye State may not be up to the task of picking our next president.

When party honchos inevitably reshuffle the calendar for 2024, they should protect New Hampshire’s cherished role as the First-in-the-Nation primary state.

And the surprising surge of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN) is the reason why.

Though pollsters saw her surge coming, Sen. Klobuchar significantly outperformed her RealClearPolitics rolling average.

Her surprising third-place finish in New Hampshire is credited to a strong debate performance just before voters went to the polls. Hidden from view though are Klobuchar’s frequent trips to the Granite State and hard efforts at winning over keen-witted Democratic office holders like Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02) and Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer, while being dismissed by most state powerbrokers.

This is how the process is supposed to work – the insiders take a back seat while real voters take the wheel.

Often those real voters possess better instincts than the insiders anyway. Talk to vested Republicans. They’ll tell you they’re far more concerned about the commonsense-spouting Midwesterner than they are a socialist septuagenarian or a minted Manhattanite.

Klobuchar’s surge proves Democracy lives in the Granite State. The state’s First-in-the-Nation status should be preserved.

Article by: Patrick Hynes

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