New Hampshire is ‘must-win’ state for Warren, says veteran political reporter

Veteran political reporter Paul Steinhauser said Monday that New Hampshire is a “must win” state for Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.), arguing that Massachusetts candidates have a history of winning in the state's prized first-in-the-nation primary.

“Let’s be honest, New Hampshire is a must-win state for her,” Steinhauser told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on “Rising.”

“She comes from neighboring Massachusetts, we have a history here of Massachusetts candidates winning the primaries,” he continued. This includes both Democrats and Republican candidates alike, such as former Governor of Massachusetts
Michael Dukakis and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCain says he won't back down, wants to be nominated to Fed The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders MORE (R). 

Steinhauser added that if Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms MORE (I-Vt.) declares another presidential run, the two will have “quit a fight” ahead. He noted that Bernie Sanders beat former rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M MORE in New Hampshire by more than 20 points during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, despite ultimately losing the party’s nomination.

“She may have to face off against Bernie Sanders here, he’s very well known obviously in the state, he crushed Hillary Clinton three years ago in the primary and we’ll see if the two battle it out in the Granite State,” he told Hill.TV.

Speculation continues to build around whether Sanders will launch another bid for the White House in 2020. 

Politico reported on Monday that the Vermont senator is in the processing of recruiting a media production team that was used by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWarren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 Ocasio-Cortez knocks Republican over Kentucky trip: 'GOP thought they could catch us with a bluff' Ocasio-Cortez releases 'Green New Deal' short film MORE (D-N.Y.) in her surprise upset last year against Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.). 

Warren, meanwhile, made her first campaign trip to New Hampshire since officially announcing her entry into the race on New Years Eve.

At an organization event at Manchester Community College on Saturday, the Massachusetts senator touted her populist platform and emphasized her humble beginnings growing up in Oklahoma.

“I’m willing to fight, everyone knows that — the question is how do we build an America that works,” she told reporters. “Not just one for those at the top.”

The 2020 Democratic race is already shaping up to be a crowded field.

The former mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, announced his bid for president over the weekend, and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall More than one in 10 in new poll say men are 'better suited emotionally' for politics Buttigieg second most talked-about candidate on cable news shows: analysis MORE (D-Hawaii) announced on Friday that she also plans to run.

A slew of other other prominent Democrats, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Calif.), are expected to make a formal announcement in the coming weeks. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release MORE (D-Texas) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg MORE are also among those being floated as potential candidates.

—Tess Bonn