Dean Phillips Giving It the College Try in New Hampshire

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  • More American voters support Israel than not, per fresh polling from YouGov, although that support varies by demographic. According to the survey, 37 percent of U.S. adults side with Israel “in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” while 15 percent side with the Palestinians, with 27 percent saying they support both sides equally and 21 percent saying they are unsure. But the poll shows that the older you are, the more likely you are to side with Israel. Among 18-29 year-olds, backing for Israel versus backing for the Palestinians breaks down 26 percent to 24 percent; among 30-44 year-olds it breaks down 28 percent to 20 percent; among 45-64 year-olds it breaks down 42 percent to 10 percent; and among 65+ it breaks down 54 percent to 7 percent.
  • Chris Christie says he has qualified for the fourth Republican presidential debate, scheduled for December 6 and hosted by NewsNation. The former New Jersey governor announced this week that his underdog campaign has surpassed 80,000 donors and met the polling threshold, metrics that if verified by the Republican National Committee would earn him a spot on stage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 
  • House Speaker Mike Johnson endorsed Donald Trump for president this week, saying in a Tuesday interview with CNBC he is “all in” for the former president’s 2024 bid. The Louisiana Republican’s decision to back Trump is hardly surprising, although the move could be problematic for members of the House Republican conference who are running for reelection in districts that supported Joe Biden in 2020. That year, Johnson was one of the architects of Trump’s legal effort to overturn the results of his loss to the future 46th president. “We have to make Biden a one-term president,” Johnson said.
  • Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom is running for Congress in 2024, a candidacy Republicans are calling a “recruiting coup.” Dahlstrom is challenging Rep. Mary Peltola, a Democrat who won a 2022 special election to fill Alaska’s vacant, at-large House seat and secured a full-term in the November general election a few months later. Alaska chooses its elected representatives via ranked-choice voting, a process that has discarded party primaries and provided a pathway to office for centrists of both parties. House Republicans are defending a narrow four-seat majority.
  • New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, she announced Wednesday. Murphy is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who is facing federal bribery charges but who so far refuses to abandon his 2024 reelection bid. Rep. Andy Kim also is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate in the Garden State.

How Generic Can One Man Get?

Rep. Dean Phillips holds a rally outside of the New Hampshire Statehouse after handing over his declaration of candidacy form for president on October 27, 2023, in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images)
Rep. Dean Phillips holds a rally outside of the New Hampshire Statehouse after handing over his declaration of candidacy form for president on October 27, 2023, in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images)

The New Hampshire Democratic primary is in an odd spot this year: Stripped by party honchos of their first-in-the-nation status, but obliged by state law to go first anyway, the state party is pushing forward with a purely symbolic primary that won’t include President Joe Biden on the ballot. Rep. Dean Phillips, who last month launched a longshot primary bid against the president, hopes to benefit from the unusual situation: He’s made New Hampshire his primary focus as he strives to show many Democrats are ready to move on from Biden.

Is there any electoral juice to be found for a guy like Phillips? Andrew headed up to Dartmouth College this week to get a firsthand glimpse of the Minnesota lawmaker’s “more in sorrow than in anger” primary pitch:

“I have great respect for President Biden,” he says at Dartmouth. “I believe he was the only man, the only candidate who could have beaten Donald Trump in 2020. I also believe that he’s probably the only Democrat who could lose—and probably will—to Donald Trump in 2024.”

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