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NV conservation group supports FERC's transmission planning rule; Memorial Day weekend includes Tornadoes and record-high temperatures; A focus on the Farm Bill for Latino Advocacy Week in D.C; and Southeast Alaska is heating homes with its rainfall.

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U.S. Supreme Court allows South Carolina gerrymander that dilutes Black voters, Sen. Ted Cruz refuses to say if he'll accept 2024 election results, and Trump calls Mar-a-Lago search an attempt to have him assassinated.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

NH Democrats begin Biden primary write-in campaign

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023   

Some New Hampshire Democrats have begun a write-in campaign for President Joe Biden since his name will no longer appear on the state's 2024 presidential primary ballot.

Biden chose to remove his name when the state announced it would maintain its first-in-the-nation primary status despite the national Democratic Party moving the top spot to South Carolina.

Kathleen Sullivan, former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said organizers hope to reach as many voters any way they can.

"We don't have any big donors coming in and trying to underwrite the effort," Sullivan emphasized. "It's truly a New Hampshire based, New Hampshire grassroots effort."

Sullivan argued Biden deserves the effort based on his record in office, although the Biden campaign and state Democratic Party are not involved. At least seven GOP candidates will be on the ballot, including former President Donald Trump.

In Biden's absence, a long list of more than twenty Democratic challengers will also be listed, including self-help author Marianne Williamson and Congressman Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who is already running television ads in the state and has pledged to restore New Hampshire's official leadoff primary status.

Sullivan acknowledged Phillips' personal wealth makes the Biden write-in campaign an uphill battle.

"At a time when a lot of people still don't know he won't be on the ballot," Sullivan added. "So, we've got some hard work to do. I think we can pull it off but it's not going to be easy."

New Hampshire election officials say they will need additional help on election night to process a potentially large number of write-ins, and Sullivan hopes it holds true. She contended the fate of democracy itself hangs in the balance.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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