NH Democrats launch effort to keep 'undeclared' primary voters

The New Hampshire Democratic Party (NHDP) is launching an effort to make sure that the “undeclared” voters, who make up a strong majority of the state’s population, remain Democrats after participating in the primary on Feb. 11.

New Hampshire is peculiar in that it has about 413,000 undeclared voters, compared to 288,000 registered Republicans and 275,000 registered Democrats.

The undeclared voters can participate in this year’s Democratic primary by registering as Democrats for the day, before being given the option to return to their undeclared status.


But New Hampshire Democrats are investing in a “Declare Yourself” campaign aimed at keeping those independent primary voters registered with the party. The state party will run social media ads and release videos and testimony from former undeclared voters who decided to stay with the Democrats.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE will be at the center of that effort.

“Donald Trump made a lot of promises to Granite Staters when he was running for president here in 2016, and he’s broken virtually every one of them — from his failure to lower drug prices to running an administration filled with lobbyists and working only for special interests,” said NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley.

“Independent voters are excited to cast a ballot in our Democratic presidential primary, because they know that our Democratic candidates will deliver to put college within reach for more families, make health care more accessible, and build an economy that works for everyone.”

Democrats are hoping for record turnout when voting begins in February, with polls finding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE all running strong and in contention for the first-in-the-nation primary.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE (D) narrowly won the Granite State’s four electoral votes in 2016, edging Trump by fewer than 3,000 votes.

“New Hampshire’s independent voters are taking every chance they have to vote against Donald Trump, including by voting for a Democrat in our exciting First in the Nation primary,” Buckley said. “And when they do, we’re here to welcome them to our Party.”

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