Kelly And Marchand Hustle As Primary Nears

Sep 9, 2018


Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined Molly Kelly as she campaigned in Concord.
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Democratic candidates for governor Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand are working to stoke support -- and pounding core messages -- in advance of Tuesday's primary.


Molly Kelly had the backing of the state’s Democratic power structure from the moment she entered this race, and with the primary fast approaching, Kelly flaunted that. 

Senator Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Annie Kuster joined Kelly as she wooed voters. So did Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who told a Concord house party that Kelly will prosper if Democrats show up tomorrow.


“Billy Gardner is predicting a huge turnout, a record breaking turnout and we need to make sure that happens because it will be good for Molly.”


A hour later in Newport, Steve Marchand, told the crowd at the Sullivan County Democrats  BBQ that it's 2018, and time to redefine what it means to be a New Hampshire Democrat.


‘We can talk about not taking the pledge and we can talk about universal health care and we can talk about a 7-point gun plan and we can talk about the public funding of elections, and we can talk about eliminating the Hyde amendment, and we can talk about  50 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2050.”


Steve Marchand talks with voters at Sullivan County Democrats BBQ in Newport.
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When it was Molly Kelly’s turn, she stressed her decade in the state senate and argued that having goals is one thing; achieving them is another.

“I have ideas, I have plans – whether it’s a 2 point plan or a 7 point plan – but what I really do, and what I’m good at, is I get results, I get things done.”

Kelly and Marchand have one more day to get things done with Democratic primary voters.