- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain is heading to New Hampshire for some retail-style politicking on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

The two will greet supporters and voters at the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester on Sunday. Havenstein is challenging first-term incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan. McCain is one of roughly half a dozen prominent national Republicans who have come to New Hampshire to campaign with Havenstein, who has consistently trailed Hassan in polling. Other visitors on Havenstein’s behalf have included Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

McCain has long been popular in New Hampshire, where his independent spirit has translated well with voters. McCain won the New Hampshire primary in 2000 and 2008, but lost the state to then-Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 general election. Earlier this year, he visited the state to discuss foreign policy with U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown.

While stumping with Brown, McCain called New Hampshire his “second favorite state,” falling behind his home state of Arizona. McCain is serving his fifth term in the U.S. Senate and has been instrumental in passing major legislation such as campaign finance reform and is often outspoken on foreign policy issues. McCain was a prisoner of war for five years during the Vietnam War.

Havenstein is a retired Marine and former executive for defense contracting companies BAE Systems and Science Applications International Corp. He’s centered his campaign on the economy and job creation. Hassan, meanwhile, points to accomplishments such as signing a Medicaid expansion bill and a bipartisan budget as evidence she deserves another term.

The election is Nov. 4.

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