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 WarrenCoast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon Trump campaign fundraising on Bernie Sanders's M haul 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 RomneyDem strategist says former GOP spokeswoman will be 'an asset' to CNN The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' MORE (R). 

Steinhauser added that if Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon 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 ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump 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-CortezOvernight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Coast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon 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 GabbardGabbard pushes back after Meghan McCain suggests she's an 'Assad apologist' Gabbard cites ‘concerns’ about ‘vagueness’ of Green New Deal DNC punts on measure to reduce role of corporate PAC money MORE (D-Hawaii) announced on Friday that she also plans to run.

A slew of other other prominent Democrats, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris criticized by Jamaican father over marijuana joke Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Coast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism MORE (D-Calif.), are expected to make a formal announcement in the coming weeks. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times Sanders on Trump insult: Crazy that president 'is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud' Trump revives 'Crazy Bernie' nickname one day after Sanders enters race MORE (D-Texas) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden tops declared 2020 Dems in New Hampshire poll O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate Sanders on Trump insult: Crazy that president 'is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud' MORE are also among those being floated as potential candidates.

—Tess Bonn