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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 ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote Biden turns focus to next priority with infrastructure talks 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 ClintonGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Hillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady 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 SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-Mass.). 

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