Today’s the big day, and the question on the minds of many: Where is Hillary Clinton?
The filing deadline for New Hampshire, the second state in the 2020 Democratic primary, is today, providing the first hint at whether the former first lady is planning to launch a rematch with Trump next year as many speculate.
LATE TO THE RACE? Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick became the latest Democrat to jump into the already crowded field, after Michael Bloomberg announced he was eyeing a run and with Hillary Clinton now saying “never say never.” @WhitJohnson reports. https://t.co/b9VQXM8AqU pic.twitter.com/AgB91tFvOU
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) November 15, 2019
Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick filed his paperwork in New Hampshire on Thursday, while Clinton was in the UK to promote her new book and again tease a potential 2020 run.
“I, as I say, never, never, never say never,” Clinton told BBC Radio Tuesday. “I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it.”
“I think about what I would have done as president all the time,” she said, “because it distresses me to see what’s happening now.”
Those comments followed about a week after the 72-year-old twice-failed presidential candidate provided elusive answers about her intentions for 2020 during a talk with The New York Times.
“I think I would have been a really good president,” Clinton said. “I think I could have been a very effective leader.”
Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the 2020 Democratic primary, does not have a filing deadline. In New Hampshire, the second state, candidates must sign their paperwork in person by the end of business today.
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders defeated Clinton in New Hampshire’s 2016 Democratic presidential primary, but the 2020 contest is currently split among the top four candidates, with Sanders in fourth.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday puts former vice president Joe Biden with 20% support among Democratic primary voters, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren at 16%, openly gay South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 15% and Sanders with 14%.
“The tightly packed top four indicates that New Hampshire’s February primary is still largely in flux,” according to U.S. News & World Report. “And the poll found that a majority of likely primary voters could still change their support before the contest. The survey found that 61% of respondents who indicated their preference may change their minds, compared to 38% who are sticking by their preferred candidate.”
The deadlines for filing to run in the primary has come and gone for several Republican dominated states already, such as Arkansas and Alabama, while several deadlines loom next month for Super Tuesday states including Tennessee, Oklahoma, Colorado, Vermont and Virginia.
There’s also the fifth Democratic primary debate scheduled for Nov. 20 in Georgia, and a sixth debate in Los Angeles on Dec. 19.
With the packed Democratic primary, securing wins in early states will be critical for the eventual nominee, which makes the competitive race in New Hampshire especially important.
And that begs the question: Where is Hillary Clinton today?
— Swansea University (@SwanseaUni) November 14, 2019
She last reared her head at Swansea University on Thursday, when she met with recipients of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholarship.
Since then, it’s been radio silence.