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  National Democrats court Shaheen for Senate
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Apr 11, 2007 12:12pm
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News DateWednesday, April 11, 2007 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNational Democrats are courting former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen to take on Republican Sen. John Sununu in 2008, but she's still undecided.

Shaheen met privately recently with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the national committee dedicated to electing Democrats to the Senate, The New Hampshire Union Leader reported Wednesday.

They told Shaheen to expect strong backing from the committee if she decides to run; Shaheen is said to be undecided but seriously considering the offer, the newspaper reported.

Matthew Miller, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, confirmed the meeting happened but said he didn't know the specifics of the conversation.

"We believe that Gov. Shaheen would be a great candidate, and polls have shown John Sununu to be considered extremely vulnerable," he said.

Shaheen's entry to the race could spark a rematch of her 2002 campaign against then-U.S. Rep. Sununu, who defeated her 51 percent to 46 percent. It also was the year state Republicans engineered an Election Day phone jamming plot against Democrats that led to lengthy criminal prosecutions and a civil lawsuit. Democrats have long alleged the phone jamming was spurred by the Shaheen-Sununu race.

Sununu is widely considered a vulnerable target going into the 2008 election. Critics cite his support of President Bush and his Iraq war policies. Sununu has voted against recent legislation passed in the Democratic-controlled Senate calling for a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. Television ads criticizing Sununu's position on Iraq already are running in New Hampshire.

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