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New Hampshire: First Democrat Enters Race for Hodes’ Seat

At least one Democrat has jumped into the race to succeed Rep. Paul Hodes (D), who is leaving the House to run for Senate in 2010.

Attorney Ann McLane Kuster (D) announced last week that she is running. Kuster is the first of several Democrats who are expected to enter the race in the Democratic-leaning district.

“As a community activist, author, attorney and advocate, I’ve spent most of my life working to make life better for New Hampshire families,— Kuster said. “I am launching this campaign because we need real, progressive change with a commitment to the principles we all share.—

Kuster also released a list of Granite State supporters of her candidacy, which included state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, Democratic donors Gary and Meg Hirshberg, state House Majority Leader Mary Jane Wallner and state House Majority Floor Leader Dan Eaton.

In addition to Kuster, former state Sen. Mark Fernald (D) is expected to announce his bid this week. Former Congressional candidate Katrina Swett (D), the daughter of the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), is expected to run as well.

National Republicans have indicated that they plan to target the seat in 2010. Former Rep. Charlie Bass (R), former state Sen. Bob Clegg (R) and 2008 GOP nominee Jennifer Horn (R) are considering bids.

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