Biden Sets Expectations Low for New Hampshire Vote as Allies Grow Nervous

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for president, campaigns in Gilford, N.H. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. The New Hampshire primary is on Tuesday. (Elizabeth Frantz/The New York Times)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — California billionaire Tom Steyer and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg are the first Democratic presidential candidates to file signatures to get on Pennsylvania's primary ballot, according to information from the state election office Friday.

The other campaigns have through 5 p.m. on Tuesday to file at least 2,000 signatures of voters who are registered Democrats to get on Pennsylvania's April 28 primary ballot.

Pennsylvania is a late primary state, but could be important if the eventual nominee remains in doubt past March since Pennsylvania has the sixth-most delegates in the Democratic primary.

Pennsylvania is seen as friendly territory for former Vice President Joe Biden, who has his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia and long political relationships in Pennsylvania after living for decades just across the border in Wilmington, Delaware, as that state's longtime senator.

The Steyer-funded NextGen America is active in Pennsylvania, committing millions of dollars to register younger voters.

However, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made several visits to Pennsylvania last year and built a volunteer network in his first campaign in 2016.

Meanwhile, former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg is spending millions of dollars on TV ads and campaign staff in Pennsylvania, and is known for funding anti-gun violence groups in the state and successful advocacy efforts for a soda tax in Philadelphia.

The Associated Press

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