Richardson files in New Hampshire
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Moments after filing for the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson acknowledged he is a “dark horse” to win his party’s nomination, but added that Granite State voters have a history of backing this kind of candidate.
“I feel confident,” Richardson said. “I feel that we’ve got momentum. I like New Hampshire. The fact that it likes dark-horses and underdogs. This race is not over.”
Richardson, who consistently places fourth in national and New Hampshire polls, boasted that he had predicted a Red Sox victory at the last Democratic presidential debate, and he proceeded to make another clairvoyant attempt.
“I’m also going to predict that I’m going to end up in the top three in New Hampshire,” he said to a crowd of cheers.
Richardson said that his momentum could not be “tabulated” by poll numbers and referenced positive recognition from voters, an increase in volunteers, added endorsements and new advertisements as metrics that his campaign is gaining traction.
“I feel that my momentum is increasing, my message is getting across of change and experience, I’m keeping my campaign positive and I can feel the surge,” he said.
Still, Richardson said he hopes to “peak at the end” and noted a January primary date would be more beneficial to his campaign.
“I’m kind of preferring January 8, because I need enough time to move up,” Richardson said. “But either way, I’m ready. We’re ready.”
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla