Nashua mayor endorses Buttigieg ahead of New Hampshire primary

Nashua mayor endorses Buttigieg ahead of New Hampshire primary
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Nashua, N.H., Mayor Jim Donchess (D) endorsed Democrat Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE on Tuesday ahead of the state's presidential primary next week, citing the "unifying vision" of the former South Bend, Ind., mayor's campaign.

"As a fellow mayor, I know firsthand that we don’t have the luxury of letting politics get in the way of what matters most, delivering for the people who depend on you. It’s time we had someone in the White House who understood that," Donchess said in a statement released by Buttigieg's campaign. 

"As president, Pete will serve communities like Nashua because he comes from a community like ours, and he will bring the voices of working people from cities and towns across America to Washington," he continued. 

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Donchess was elected mayor of Nashua, the second-biggest city in the Granite State, in 2015. He was the first Democrat elected to the post in over two decades and threw his support behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll With VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillary Clinton on US leading in coronavirus cases: Trump 'did promise "America First"' MORE in 2016. 

News of the endorsement comes as Buttigieg shifts his focus to New Hampshire despite not having the official results of Monday's Iowa caucuses. 

The Iowa Democratic Party is expected to release its results from the first-in-the-nation caucuses at some point on Tuesday after the contests were plagued with technical glitches and reporting issues. 

Despite not having the official results, Buttigieg set an optimistic tone for his campaign in Des Moines on Monday. 

“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation,” Buttigieg said. “Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.” 

A Suffolk University poll released late on Monday showed Buttigieg with 11 percent support in New Hampshire, trailing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden could be picking the next president: VP choice more important than ever Democrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Unions urge Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against Defense Production Act MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Mass.). 

Buttigieg is scheduled to hold at least five events in New Hampshire on Tuesday.