Katrina Sweet has decided to follow Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand and abandon her Senate bid. She will endorse Democrat front-runner former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. This leaves only Jay Buckey to face off with Shaheen in the Democrat primary. Buckey’s campaign is underfunded and will easily be overwhelmed by a united Democrat Party behind Shaheen. The news is not earthshattering, as Shaheen would always enter the prohibitive favorite. This just means she won’t have reasonably funded Democrat candidates running around the state for a year beating her up.
Though not surprising, this does dampen the news of two new polls released earlier this week that show Sununu much closer to Shaheen than previously thought. It will be interesting to see how Shaheen runs over the next few months now that there is no credible opposition within her own Party. Will she stockpile for the long haul, expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight over the course of the next thirteen months, or will she attempt to put Sununu away quickly, but in doing so risk running low on valuable campaign funds? That will probably depend on her internals. If they show that she can end it quickly, she will attempt to do so. If not, this race could be more competitive than expected.