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Obama to visit key state in presidential politics

Obama to visit key state in presidential politics

Democratic Senator Barack Obama, who is mulling a White House bid, will travel next month to New Hampshire, a key state in the presidential nominating process.
The Illinois senator will join New Hampshire Democrats on Dec. 10 for a belated celebration of their big win in the Nov. 7 midterm election.
New Hampshire is a popular stop for presidential hopefuls because it traditionally holds the first primary election every four years to select delegates to the national party conventions, providing momentum to the winning candidates in the nomination race.
Though still in his first term in the Senate, Obama has attracted national attention for his fresh face, commanding speaking style and compelling personal story. Obama is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas.
The race for the 2008 Democratic nomination is considered wide open, and at least a dozen potential contenders are weighing formal bids.
Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, the front-runner should she enter the Democratic race, have generated buzz with appearances in Iowa, but both have avoided New Hampshire thus far. Iowa's caucuses, held a few weeks before the New Hampshire primary, traditionally launch the presidential nominating process.
"We are honored that Senator Obama has accepted our invitation to celebrate the historic, tidal wave victory New Hampshire's Democrats experienced this November," state party Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan said Tuesday in announcing the visit.
Democrats took both of the state's U.S. House seats, the Democratic governor won re-election by a record margin, and the historically Republican-dominated Legislature and Executive Council both swung to Democratic control.


Updated : 2021-10-27 17:11 GMT+08:00