Steyer scores endorsement from key New Hampshire activist

Steyer scores endorsement from key New Hampshire activist
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Democratic presidential hopeful Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerKrystal Ball: Influx of billionaire cash in 2020 contest is 'deeply corrosive' to 'civil society' Booker says he will not make December debate stage Democrats set early state primary debates for 2020 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 SandersDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers Reject National Defense Authorization Act, save Yemen instead 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 Ann WarrenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers Krystal Ball rips Warren's 'passive-aggressive' swipes at rivals 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 ClintonWhether a rule is cruel or kind, regulatory analysis shines a light Moderate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Judiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings 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 ClintonMore than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls Trump is threatening to boycott the debates — here's how to make sure he shows up Trey Gowdy returns to Fox News as contributor MORE in 2008 but went on to win the presidency that same year.