Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Democrat

Politico’s NH woman to watch in 2014 is not who you think

See also

Politico has released its list of women to watch in 2014 and it includes one New Hampshire politician.

And it’s not who you think - Kelly Ayotte.

It’s Maggie Hassan, the first-term Democratic governor.

“There’s already speculation that Hassan could mount a challenge to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) in 2016, and a resounding victory in November will only intensify that chatter,” Politico said in its story, “The XX factor: Women to watch in 2014.”

“Hassan, who in 2012 helped give New Hampshire a set of all-female leaders in Washington and Concord, will be an in-demand surrogate for Democratic presidential hopefuls with an eye on the first-in-the-nation primary state.”Ayotte, the state’s Republican first-term U.S. senator, has received a lot of national attention and exposure, starting with word in 2012 that she was among the names considered by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president.

The chatter hasn’t really stopped with Ayotte on a long list of candidates that the politicos believe would be a viable Republican candidate for president in 2016.

But this time around the spotlight is on Hassan, who faces re-election this year and, thus far, has no Republican challenger for another two-year term.

Hassan is in the company of Republican and Democratic women from across the country, including Mia Love, described by Politico as “the congressional candidate who brought down the house at the Republican National Convention...”

The list also includes Wendy Davis, who Politico described as the “Texas state senator grabbed the national spotlight over the summer when she filibustered a restrictive abortion bill, energizing Democrats aiming to turn the Lone Star State blue down the road.”

As far as the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary, Politico tagged Hassan as “touring the Granite State with Hillary Clinton — a possible 2016 contender and another woman to watch this year — could only help raise Hassan’s profile.”


While there is a strong tie between Clinton and Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, that tie is a secondary one for Hassan. Her primary ties are to Joe Biden, so we’ll first have to see whether the vice president decides to enter the 2016 presidential primary race to see where Hassan’s allegiances ultimately fall.

In the meantime, Hassan’s poll numbers show voters hold her in pretty high regard.

An October WMUR Granite State Poll by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center had Hassan with a 57 percent approval rating among state voters.

According to the poll: “Democrats (74%), liberals (72%), people who oppose the Tea Party (74%), and NHPR listeners (72%) are most likely to say they approve of the job Hassan is doing as governor. Tea Party supporters (22%) and Republicans (36%) are least likely to approve of the governor.”



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!