New Hampshire a 'must win' state for Sanders, Warren, says veteran political journalist

Veteran political reporter Paul Steinhauser is calling New Hampshire a must-win state for Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), saying the primary election in the early voting state could make or break their Democratic presidential campaigns.

“Nobody will ever say it’s a must-win state — no candidate will ever say that,” Steinhauser, a New Hampshire-based political reporter, told Hill.TV on Monday.

“But let’s be honest, it is a must-win state for the two neighbors — Bernie Sanders of Vermont,” he added. "It’s also a must win for Warren."

Steinhauser predicted that the vote would toss-up between the two progressive rivals, citing the large crowds during the two candidates' campaign stops on Labor Day weekend.

However, he added that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' MORE also boasts strong support in the Granite State, emphasizing that independents could play a decisive role in the state's primary. 

"Biden's campaign is pretty strong here as well, he said. "Remember, when we get down to the voting, this is one of the states where independents can vote in either a Democratic or Republican primary, so the primary electorate here in New Hampshire may be a little more moderate than the Democratic base that we see right now."

His comments come as the Democratic primary race heats up.

Sanders is neck-and-neck with Warren and Biden in New Hampshire based on three recent polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. 

Overall, Biden still leads the field on a national level by a wide margin, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average. Warren and Sanders both trail the former vice president by approximately 11 points. 

All three candidates are among the 10 Democrats set to appear in the third presidential primary debate Thursday in Houston.

—Tess Bonn