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Delaney targeting rural Iowa, New Hampshire independents

November 4, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., files to be listed on the ballot for the New Hampshire primary beside New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, left, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Hunter Woodall)
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., files to be listed on the ballot for the New Hampshire primary beside New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, left, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Hunter Woodall)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Maryland congressman John Delaney says he’s counting on rural voters in Iowa and independent voters in New Hampshire to propel his presidential campaign past the two earliest states on the nominating calendar.

Delaney on Monday officially added his name to the New Hampshire primary ballot. He said democracy would suffer if Iowa and New Hampshire lost their starting-line positions, and he said his strategy in those states differs from his competitors.

In Iowa, Delaney is focused on rural areas. In New Hampshire, he’s going after independent voters who want someone who will put the country ahead of parties.

Delaney, who has failed to gain popularity or qualify for recent debates, said he hopes finishing in the top five in either state will keep him in the race.