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EMILY’s List Backs Kuster in New Hampshire Open Seat

EMILY’s List announced Wednesday that it has endorsed attorney Ann McLane Kuster (D) in the open-seat race in New Hampshire’s 2nd district. The race to decide who will succeed Rep. Paul Hodes (D) is expected to be competitive, especially since former Rep. Charlie Bass (R) announced a few weeks ago that he is exploring a comeback bid for his old seat. He is widely expected to run. Kuster announced her campaign in June, and she raised $343,000 through the end of September. “Annie is running a great campaign and already has the support of hundreds of grassroots activists in New Hampshire. She is clearly the strongest candidate to keep this seat in the Democratic column,— EMILY’s List President Ellen Malcolm said in a statement. Although Kuster is the only major Democrat who has filed to run in the district, Katrina Swett (D), the wife of former Rep. Dick Swett (D-N.H.), is reportedly still thinking about running. Swett challenged Bass in 2002 and lost. According to news accounts of that race, Swett has said she supports a parental consent law for abortions — a measure that EMILY’s List opposes. EMILY’s List has a strong track record in the Granite State, where the abortion-rights group has aided Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) in recent cycles.