New Hampshire Democrats swung and missed on their third choice of a challenger for Sen. John Sununu. First, they wanted former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen to challenge him. She opted out. Then they targeted Gov. and potential self-financier Gary Hirshberg has backed down. Apparently DSCC Chair Chucky Schumer is losing his touch.
While Sununu is not yet out of the woods, Hirshberg`s decision has him looking safer today than he did yesterday, and has Democrats more concerned with their chances of expanding their majority in New Hampshire. Both Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand and Katrina Sweet remain in the race and would be viable opponents, but neither has the resources of Hirshberg or the popularity of a current or former Governor. As such, Sununu looks the solid favorite. Don`t be surprised if Democrats begin looking to bluer pastures in the near future if Marchand and Sweet fail to post massive fundraising numbers by mid year.