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The Latest: New Hampshire Democrat jumps in race to lead DNC

CONCORD, N.H. — The Latest on New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley's bid to led the Democratic National Committee (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley is pledging to bring "radical reform" to the Democratic National Committee in his bid for the chairmanship.

Buckley officially announced his candidacy to lead the national party in a Tuesday email.

The 57-year-old Buckley has led the New Hampshire Democratic Party since 2007. He presided over top-of-the-ticket wins for Democrats in 2014 and 2016 despite Republican success in other parts of the country.

Buckley says the DNC must focus on winning local and state races as much as it focuses on capturing the White House.

Members of the DNC will vote on a new chairperson in late February.


10:45 a.m.

The chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party is joining the competition to be the next leader of the Democratic National Committee.

Ray Buckley plans to officially announce his candidacy Tuesday.

His bid comes as the Democratic National Committee is deciding how to move forward after major losses in the presidential contest and races nationwide. The party is also still dealing with distrust over its perceived favouritism of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.

Buckley says the DNC "from top to bottom needs urgent reform."

New Hampshire was a bright spot for Democrats at the top of the ticket this year, with outgoing Gov. Maggie Hassan winning a U.S. Senate seat and Democrats taking both congressional seats.

Buckley's competition includes Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and former DNC chairman Howard Dean.

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