New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar

New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar
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A New Hampshire state lawmaker has announced he is switching his support from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.) to Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Democrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus MORE (D-Minn.) in the Democratic presidential primary race, arguing that Klobuchar is more "electable" than Warren across the country.

Democratic State Rep. Michael Pedersen told NBC News that his support had been shifting over the past couple weeks and that it solidified for Klobuchar after Tuesday night’s debate in Iowa, amid a growing feud between Warren and fellow progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.).

“After the debate, I saw everybody pairing up — Sen. Warren and Sanders competition against one another, and then everyone else. I just think those two as a team, Sanders and Warren, they don’t appeal widely across the nation as Sen. Klobuchar,” Pedersen told NBC. 

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He said that while he likes both Warren and Klobuchar and is friendly with staff on both campaigns, he views Klobuchar as having broader appeal across the country.

“I think that Sen. Klobuchar is more electable across the country than Sen. Warren,” Pedersen said. “She has a proven track record of winning in Trump country. And Sen. Warren has a proven track record of winning in liberal northeast.”

Klobuchar has touted her ability to win state-wide office in Minnesota, even in districts that have traditionally elected Republicans, in arguing she is best positioned to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE.

In 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE carried Minnesota over Trump by a slim margin.

In addition to Pedersen, Klobuchar also picked up an endorsement from New Hampshire state Rep. Linn Opderbecke (D), who previously supported Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D) before the New Jersey senator ended his campaign earlier this week.

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“Amy showed on the debate stage that she’s someone who tells the truth and has people’s backs,” Opderbecke said in a statement to NBC. “That is the leadership we need to take on Donald Trump. Amy will not only beat Trump, but also will secure victories up and down the ballot. I’m proud to support her campaign for president.”

A spokesperson for the Klobuchar campaign was not immediately available for comment. 

The new endorsements come as Klobuchar looks to gain support in New Hampshire less than a month away from the Feb. 11 primary. The Granite State is the second state in the presidential nominating contest after the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses.