Steyer scores endorsement from key New Hampshire activist

Steyer scores endorsement from key New Hampshire activist
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Democratic presidential hopeful Tom SteyerTom SteyerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches Steyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary MORE scored an endorsement from key New Hampshire political activist Dudley Dudley on Tuesday, marking his first endorsement in the Granite State. 

Dudley, who endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE (I-Vt.) ahead of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, said she believes Steyer is the only candidate who can beat Trump in November, according to a CBS News reporter.

Her official endorsement came shortly after she accompanied Steyer to file for the state's primary. 

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Steyer entered the Democratic race in July and has since struggled to gain traction in the polls. He has also been viewed as a target of some progressives, who point to his status as a billionaire as a potential flaw. 

The longtime activist addressed her decision to not endorse Sanders at a campaign event for Steyer in New Hampshire on Tuesday, telling attendees, "This is not his year." 

She also commented on Sanders's fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.), saying she is "fantastic" but can't win, according to an NBC News reporter.

Dudley has a long history in New Hampshire Democratic politics, serving in the state's House of Representatives from 1972 to 1976. 

She later launched the 1980 Draft Kennedy campaign, urging then-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to challenge former President Carter.

Dudley unsuccessfully endorsed Paul Tsongas over former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPoll finds Biden with narrow lead over Trump in Missouri Trump's mark on federal courts could last decades Obama, Clinton join virtual celebration for Negro Leagues MORE in 1992 and threw her support behind former President Obama's campaign in 2008. Obama ended up losing New Hampshire to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race What's behind Trump's slump? Americans are exhausted, for one thing Trump campaign reserves air time in New Mexico MORE in 2008 but went on to win the presidency that same year.