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 WarrenPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey 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 RomneyPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Progressives hope Nevada offers roadmap for pro-union 2020 victory Texas woman sentenced for illegal voting faces deportation after parole MORE (R). 

Steinhauser added that if Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden 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 ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements 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 GabbardFive takeaways from new fundraising reports for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria MORE (D-Hawaii) announced on Friday that she also plans to run.

A slew of other other prominent Democrats, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates Sanders is a risk, not a winner House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Calif.), are expected to make a formal announcement in the coming weeks. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Krystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas MORE (D-Texas) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE are also among those being floated as potential candidates.

—Tess Bonn