If Clinton decides not to run, Biden could draw upon good will from party activists, an ability to connect with regular folks and extensive campaigning in key states like Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and Ohio. But he would also need to deal with personal poll numbers that rank below Obama’s and a propensity to commit foot-in-mouth moments in an era where political gaffes can quickly sink a campaign.
New Hampshire state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, who was among the attendees at Biden’s Sunday reception, said it was ‘‘early to read into’’ Biden’s interest in 2016. But he said there was ‘‘huge support’’ in the key primary state.
‘‘He’s deeply admired and loved in New Hampshire,’’ Clark said. ‘‘Clearly Joe Biden occupies a key place in our hearts.’’
Associated Press writers Josh Lederman, Matthew Daly and Brett Zongker contributed to this report.
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