MANCHESTER - In a move that took no one by surprise, Washington Democrats at the DSCC today endorsed their favorite candidate for Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan. Hassan has been their target for months, and today's announcement is a reminder that her run is best for Washington Democrats - not New Hampshire. 

For Flashback Friday, let's take a look back at how we got here: 

  • February - Washington Post: "Hassan is the clear top prize."
  • May - Associated Press: "Governor Hassan seen as key part of Dems' US Senate strategy" 
  • July - Politico: "... [Reid and] his allies have called New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan as part of the party’s full-court press to urge New Hampshire’s governor to run in the state’s marquee Senate race."
  • July - WMUR: "Is outgoing U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid actively recruiting Gov. Maggie Hassan to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016?"
  • October - Politico: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is endorsing New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, giving an official stamp of approval to their top recruit this cycle."


Kelly Ayotte is ranked the 7th most bipartisan Senator and has been recognized as a Problem Solver by the independent group No Labels. A New Hampshire native, Kelly lives in Nashua with her husband Joe, a small business owner, and their two children, Kate and Jake. Previously, Kelly served as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General, where she was first appointed by a Republican governor and twice reappointed by a Democrat.