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Sunday, March 02, 2003


Is New Hampshire really "Kerry Country"?

posted by annatopia at Sunday, March 02, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Via reader Chris Curtis comes interesting article which details Kerry's appeal (or lack thereof) in New Hampshire. The article concludes that the biggest threat to Kerry is Howard Dean:

"Indeed, it's Dean, the physician/politician, who seems the most in sync with the primary electorate (especially after having doubled Kerry's 2002 itinerary with more than 20 visits to New Hampshire). At the center of Dean's campaign is his success in Vermont providing what the likes of Kerry and Gephardt have been unable to deliver in Washington: affordable health insurance for children and needy adults. Quite a calling card to a Democratic electorate that considers affordable healthcare the number-one issue, according to the Marist poll."


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