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Congresswoman Ann Kuster Rallies Nashua Democrats

Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR

Over the weekend, the candidates for New Hampshire’s second congressional district made their final pitches to voters. 

Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster spoke at a get-out-the-vote rally on Sunday afternoon at Nashua’s Democratic office.

Throughout the race for the 2nd congressional district, Annie Kuster has held a lead over Republican challenger Jim Lawrence.  And that has meant that Democrats’ attentions have gone higher up the ticket.

Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR
Nashua's Democratic headquarters

Kathy Zimmerman, who came up from Littleton, Massachusetts to canvass door-to-door, said, “This election has me horrified. I’m here because I wanted to do something.”

Her husband Bob agrees. “I’m really worried. I’m going to go door to door for Hillary and Maggie Hassan. It [the presidential race] is brutally close. Last I looked it was less than a point.”

In the final weekend of campaigning, tensions are definitely high as the polling narrows and Democratic confidence wanes.

And to supporters in Nashua on Sunday, Kuster stuck to the issues:

“We need equal pay for equal work and paid family leave and increased minimum wages so no one in our society has to work full time and live in poverty. And we need every woman in America to make her own health care decisions.”

Her opponent, Jim Lawrence, also applauds paid family leave. But he disagrees with Kuster when it comes to increasing the minimum wage, tightening gun control laws and raising the cap on the Social Security tax.

Lawrence also says that unlike Kuster, he’s the candidate who can break congressional gridlock.

Over the weekend, Lawrence campaigned with Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Despite Kuster’s wins the last two elections, on Sunday she was quick to remind volunteers of NH’s purple status:

“We have four precious electoral votes. But we like to say Al Gore would have been president of the United States. He wouldn’t have needed Florida if he won New Hampshire. Because Hillary Clinton can be president with your help. There are lots of scenarios that get to 270. But she needs 273. So we’re the four.”

Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List, also spoke to the crowd.

Kuster says New Hampshire can make history.

But for now, Democrats don’t know what that history will look like after Tuesday. 

Sheryl Rich-Kern has been contributing stories for NHPR since 2006, covering education, social services, business, health care and an occasional quirky yarn that epitomizes life in New Hampshire. Sherylâââ

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