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Draft Biden staffs up in early-voting states

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The super-PAC organized to encourage Joe Biden to run for president has added close allies of the vice president in top early-voting states as he nears a decision on whether to launch a White House bid.

{mosads}WMUR reported Wednesday that state Rep. Dan Eaton, a long-time friend of Biden’s who has served 17 terms in the New Hampshire statehouse, will become Draft Biden’s first paid staffer in the Granite State.

Eaton co-chaired Biden’s New Hampshire campaign when the vice president ran for president in 2008. The WMUR report says that several volunteers, including some “well-known New Hampshire political figures,” are expected to join Eaton.

The Draft Biden group also announced earlier in the day that South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy and former state superintendent Inez Tenenbaum will serve as co-chairmen in the Palmetto State.

“I am proud to help lead the effort in South Carolina as my good friend, Vice President Joe Biden, explores running for President of the United States,” Malloy said in a statement. “Over the last few weeks, I have been hearing from folks in my Senate District and throughout the state and the message is clear: South Carolina wants Vice President Biden to not only run for President, but to be the next President of the United States. South Carolina is ready to lead the effort to Draft Biden.”

In addition to the co-chairmen, Draft Biden has added four other staffers in South Carolina.

The Draft Biden group has previously released an ad and held a “national day of action” meant to drum up interest in the vice president’s potential presidential run.

Biden is still reeling from the recent loss of his son Beau Biden, who reportedly urged his father to run for president shortly before he died. Biden’s other son, Hunter Biden, has also reportedly pushed him to run.

Biden’s entrance would upend the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hillary Clinton would remain the prohibitive favorite, with a significant polling advantage and the support of nearly the entirety of the Democratic establishment.

Biden, however, could compete for votes among centrist liberals, and would loom as a potential alternative for Democrats who are increasingly spooked by controversy surrounding Clinton’s use of a personal email address and server from when she was secretary of State. 

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