NH-SEN: Hodes In

New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes announced this morning that he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by J. Bonnie Newman in 2010. He made his formal announcement this morning on Blue Hampshire, the entirety of which is below:

For the last two years, I have been honored to serve the people of New Hampshire and fight for Granite Staters. I have been proud to stand up with Anne Marie Morse to pass Michelle’s Law to make sure no college student will lose their health care when they need it the most.

I am proud that I fought to pass legislation to create the Northern Border Development Commission to help create jobs for the North Country.

I am proud that I stood up to create a veterans advocate in the VA to stand up for veterans like Chris Howe who needed an advocate to help get out of Walter Reed and home to his family.

I am proud to have helped thousands of Granite Staters who needed someone to stand up for them.

It is with the stories of people like Anne Marie Morse, Chris Howe, and thousands of New Hampshire families struggling in this difficult economy in mind that I announce today that I will run for the United States Senate in 2010 to continue to keep our state and our nation moving forward.

I want to continue my service to the people of New Hampshire and continue to stand up for middle class families. I will continue to work every day for the people of New Hampshire’s second district and I will work in the future to give New Hampshire the representation it deserves in the United States Senate.

In the coming months, I will have a more formal announcement of my candidacy. For all of the people of New Hampshire, I look forward to meeting you, listening to your ideas, and hearing your stories as we discuss how I can stand up for you.

I think Hodes is a fantastic choice and I hope he wins both the nomination and the general election.

Of course, we don’t know if he’ll have to survive a primary (it’s likely Hodes is hoping his early announcement will clear the field) or who his Republican opponent will be, two factors that could have a huge impact on this race. Still, I think this seat is winnable and I think Hodes definitely has a shot at being the next Senator from New Hampshire.