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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership 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 ObamaTo Build Back Better, improving Black women's health is a must Rahm Emanuel has earned M since leaving Chicago's city hall: report 60 years after the Peace Corps, service still brings Americans together 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 BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions 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 Warren11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' UN secretary-general blasts space tourism MORE (D-Mass.) is third at 17 percent.