Pete Buttigieg wraps up campaigning in New Hampshire before primaries
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spent the entire day in New Hampshire on Monday courting undecided voters and pitching to them why he should be the Democratic Presidential Nominee in 2020.
There has been a lot of energy and enthusiasm surrounding Buttigieg’s campaign, as crowds gathered at town halls and rallies for a chance to see him and get an idea of what kind of candidate his is.
A new poll released by CNN and the University of New Hampshire shows that half of primary voters in New Hampshire are undecided. Those are the voters Buttigieg is trying to convince that he is right person for the job.
John Emerson, a voter from New Hampshire, said that although he is an undecided voter, he is intrigued by Buttigieg.
“I’m pretty sure I’m gonna vote for him — I just wanted to hear him speak,” Emerson said.
The polls in New Hampshire open at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, and many of the candidates were spending the final moments leading up to the primaries talking to voters.
“Tonight as we get into literally the final hours of the New Hampshire primaries, after campaigning for a year, traveling this state, I have admired how seriously you take the responsibility, the thumb on the scale that comes with being a New Hampshire voter,” Buttigieg said.
Not many people knew who Buttigieg was a year ago, but the former South Bend Mayor has gained a lot of momentum going into New Hampshire.
A poll released by CNN showed the Mayor with 22% of the vote in New Hampshire behind Bernie Sanders with 29%.
Many are saying that Buttigieg’s surge comes as no surprise.
“I think what happened in the Iowa caucuses, because he had such a huge showing, it’s really opened people eyes, and they’re really taking a hard look at this candidate,” Martha Quiek said, a Massachusetts voter who supports Buttigieg.
President Donald Trump also campaigned on Monday for re-election in Manchester – just across town from where Buttigieg held his final rally of the night in Exeter.
Barrack Obama won New Hamsphire in 2008 and 2012, but President Trump won the Granite State in 2016.