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 WarrenPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.) to Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOvernight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Four senators call on Becerra to back importation of prescription drugs from Canada Biden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks 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 SandersBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Lawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action 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 TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE.

In 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement 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 BookerHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer 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.