Former Vice President Biden shake hands with Senator Warren at the conclusion of  the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, U.S.

Former Vice President Joe Biden shake hands with Senator Elizabeth Warren at the conclusion of the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., Sept. 12, 2019. 

When he spoke with reporters in Manchester on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign manager Greg Schultz said the campaign would announce the Biden campaign’s third-quarter haul when the Federal Elections Commission requires, on Oct. 15. Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s campaign also has yet to release any information about how much money the campaign took in from July to September.

Other campaigns have been crowing about their fundraising after the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ campaign reported raising $25.3 million between July 1 and Sept. 30, from 1.4 million different donors.

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg reported raising $19.1 million — less than the $24.8 million he raised in the preceding three months. Buttigieg’s campaign in New Hampshire also reported hiring 30 organizers in September, bringing the total number of New Hampshire staff to 64.

California Sen. Kamala Harris reported $11.6 million, just shy of her $11.8 million take in the second quarter.

Businessman Andrew Yang reported raising $10 million in the quarter, far outpacing the $2.8 million he took in over the prior three months

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker‘s campaign said he raised more than $6 million. In a message to supporters, Booker’s campaign manager said more than $2.1 million came in after Sept. 21, when the campaign issued a dire warning to supporters that Booker would have to raise $1.7 million or drop out of the race.

St. Anselm pollster predicts two-person race

In the Democratic presidential primary, Warren and Biden have “clearly separated themselves from the rest of the field,” wrote Neil Levesque, executive director of the St. Anselm Institute of Politics, in a summary of a new poll that shows the Massachusetts senator with 25 percent and the former vice president with 24 percent among New Hampshire voters. The gap between them is within the poll’s 4.8 percent margin of error. Sanders trailed with 11 percent, with Buttigieg just behind at 10 percent.

But, Levesque wrote, voters are still open to other candidates.

“There is still some fluidity in this race, as 65% of Warren supporters, 72% of Biden supporters, 56% of Sanders supporters, and 73% of Buttigieg voters indicate that they expect that their choice could change between now and the primary election,” Levesque wrote.

Sununu’s 2018 opponent won’t seek rematch

Former state senator Molly Kelly announced Tuesday she will not run for governor in 2020.

In a statement, Gov. Chris Sununu’s 2018 opponent said she will stay involved in politics, advocating on policy, and working to elect a Democratic governor in 2020.

State Sen. Majority Leader Dan Feltes is the only candidate to formally enter the race. Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky has formed an “exploratory committee” as he considers battling Feltes for the Democratic nomination.

Candidate training breaks down process

For local candidates, the prospect of raising a couple thousand dollars can be daunting — let alone the millions it costs to run a presidential campaign. In Manchester on Saturday, a group focused on training Democrats to run for local office broke down the process for about 100 would-be local candidates.

Cathleen Fountain, a Dalton resident, is contemplating a run for state Senate. Asking for money is uncomfortable, she said, probably the most difficult part of campaigning. But she said instructors Saturday taught her to re-frame the requests for money as asking for an investment in the community. For Fountain, that is far more comfortable than asking for money for herself, she said.

Salem resident and Democratic Town Committee member Sean Lewis said he attended the training so he could pass information along to other Democrats in the area. He said the Salem town committee would be working with other local committees to recruit state representative and state Senate candidates — no easy feat in an area that almost never sends Democrats to Concord.

Bolduc slams Sen. Shaheen — sort of

In a campaign email, U.S. Senate candidate retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc attacked Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for taking money “from those she claims are responsible for the opioid crisis.”

But the email from Bolduc’s campaign goes on to say the money in question did not go to Shaheen’s campaign at all. Instead, the donations went to a political action committee supporting her. Federal law prohibits any coordination between candidates and PACs.

The email highlights three donors who, between 2012 and 2019, contributed both to the Shaheen-supporting PAC and to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group.

Only one of the three donors Bolduc pointed out, Pfizer, Inc. actually makes opioids — mostly the kind administered in hospitals. The other two donors Bolduc fingered as “responsible” for the opioid crisis were Medtronic, a medical device company, and AdvaMed, the trade association for medical device companies.

Neither manufactures opioids, or any medications.

Bolduc has yet to disclose any donations to his campaign, and will not be required to until Oct. 15.

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