Biden Write-In sees swell of enthusiasm in final days before first-in-the-nation primary

Congressman Ro Khanna led efforts for the Write-In Biden campaign across New Hampshire over the weekend. (Colin Booth/Granite Post)

By Colin Booth

January 21, 2024

Enthusiasm for the campaign to write in President Joe Biden on the ballot seems to be surging in New Hampshire ahead of the Jan. 23 primary.

The campaign held a packed schedule over the weekend across New Hampshire, with major events  headlined by A-list political talent like Congressman Ro Khanna of California’s 21st district and Mayor of Boston Michelle Wu.

Leading a visibility event on Saturday morning in Hampton where temperatures plunged to 9 degrees fahrenheit, Rep. Khanna said the cold was not getting people’s spirits down.

“It’s freezing out here. But people don’t care, they got their signs. They got their coffee. They are out here for the President. You know why? Because they know what’s at stake. They know the President needs a strong start and I love it.”

Rep. Khanna said he considered braving the temperatures a right of passage.

“I’m freezing. I’m putting on a brave face… every stop I’m better prepared to be fully a Granite State. This is a rite of passage.”

Mayor Wu had Dunkin’ coffee in tow as she led a crowd of over 50 in Manchester waving signs and creating awareness of the Write-In effort.

“Thank you on behalf of everyone in the region for taking the time to stand up for what’s right ,to fight for our future, and for making sure that every person is empowered to participate in our democracy. No one does democracy like New England, so we’re always here to back you up,” Mayor Wu said.

The stops follow visits from other political A-listers who have come to the state in recent days and weeks touting the accomplishments of the Biden administration, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healy, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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In total the Write-In campaign plans to hold 20+ events before election day, but campaign staff were surprised to find that some totally organic actions were organized by grassroots supporters of the campaign.

State Representative Angela Brennan, and a 2024 delegate for the campaign who was seen doing a number of media appearances for the Write-In effort over the weekend, said the grassroots aspect of the campaign is what most appealed to Granite Staters.

“The enthusiasm and excitement we see on the ground for this unique write in campaign for Joe Biden is strong because Granite Staters understand the stakes in this election and the power of their vote to send a message to the nation that we choose democracy over dictatorship.” Brennan said.

Communications Director for the Write-In Biden campaign Aaron Jacobs, a New Hampshire campaign veteran who previously served as campaign manager for Senator Maggie Hassan’s 2022 re-election campaign said he had observed a huge uptick in interest in the campaign in recent days.

“I’ve worked on a lot of campaigns and I must say the organic, grassroots energy behind the Write-In Biden campaign is truly inspiring. From volunteers braving the cold to packed house parties, the momentum is truly palpable.”

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  • Colin Booth

    Based in Epsom, Colin Booth is Granite Post's political correspondent. A Granite State native and veteran political professional with a deep background in journalism, he's worked on campaigns and programs in battleground states across the country, ranging from New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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