New Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg

New Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg
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New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster is backing Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Candidates weighing using private jets to get to Iowa Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district MORE in the Democratic presidential primary.

The congresswoman called Buttigieg a "young, inspiring" leader capable of uniting the country, likening him to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Former NYT correspondent rips Democrats' 'selective use' of constitutional violations Obama portraits leaving National Portrait Gallery to tour museums across the country MOREwhom she backed during the 2008 primary before she was a member of the House. 

“With our country so consumed by division, Pete Buttigieg is the leader who can finally turn the page on the Trump presidency and bring our nation together to usher in a new era where we finally solve our most urgent problems,” Kuster said in a statement shared by the campaign.  

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“We need a leader who recognizes that the office of the presidency has the power to bridge our differences — and Pete Buttigieg is that leader. Like Barack Obama before him, Pete is young, inspiring, brings fresh ideas to the table, and is motivated to win,” she added.

The congresswoman’s Wednesday endorsement comes less than a month ahead of the New Hampshire primary. She will also serve as a national campaign co-chair. 

Kuster will introduce Buttigieg Friday at a town hall in Concord, N.H.

She is the first member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation to endorse a candidate in the primary. 

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New Hampshire voters will be the second in the nation to choose a Democrat in a Feb. 11 primary, about a week after the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucus. 

Buttigieg has been hovering in fourth place among likely Democratic New Hampshire primary voters, according to recent polls. He’s at 13.3 percent in the Granite State, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. 

Former Vice President President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters MORE (I-Vt.) are leading in the first primary state at 23.2 percent and 22.3 percent, respectively, according to the RCP average. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial MORE (D-Mass.) is third at 17 percent.