Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has addressed her New Hampshire supporters without waiting for results in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary. Warren told supporters “we’re just getting started.” (Feb.

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PORTSMOUTH, NH – On the eve of Tuesday’s New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, hundreds of Democrats packed a Unitarian church in this coastal city to listen to Sen. Elizabeth Warren make her final case.

With her usual energy and bounce, Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, told them she’s the candidate who can take the “fight” to President Donald Trump. Pews were filled. People cheered. A rainbow flag hung from from a balcony in the back. As Warren ripped Trump, the influence of money in politics and corruption with ease and clarity, the scene gave the impression of a liberal to be reckoned with.

But in conversations with several of the New Hampshire voters at Warren’s last get-out-the-vote event before voting started, it was clear they weren’t all fully committed. Some were last-minute shopping, and with Warren sliding in the polls, they were also considering the frontrunner, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and the two surging Midwesterners, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg. Richard Lemmerman, a 90 – year-old investor from Hampton, NH, sitting toward the back of the town hall, said he’d probably write in his vote for billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, calling him the “strongest possibility to beat Trump. “

As for Warren? “She’d make a great secretary of state, a great attorney general. I just don’t think she’s going to be a good president, ”Lemmerman said.

New Hampshirites’ lack of enthusiasm showed in Warren’s final standing, a disappointing, distant fourth place, at 9.2%, not even mustering double-digits, and well below Sanders’ first-place . 8%, Buttigieg’s

. 5% and Klobuchar’s 9%. After earning eight national delegates in Iowa, she left New Hampshire with 0.

Months ago, this would have been a shocking outcome for a candidate from a neighboring state who at one time led nationally and in New Hampshire. But since a rocky rollout of her plan to pay for Medicare for All in October, Warren has lost traction and hasn’t rebounded. She finished a disappointing third in Iowa, where she invested significant resources. Perhaps most amazing of all, her poor showing in New Hampshire was ultimately not a surprise after several days of weak polling.

) Following the latest setback, Warren vowed to “fight back” as her campaign takes the long-view, noting % of Democrats still haven’t voted and insisting she’s the “consensus choice of the widest coalition of Democrats.” But with early voting already underway in some Super Tuesday states, and the Nevada caucuses looming in a week, a reboot is needed quickly.

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“It is a very fluid field, and even knocking on doors in Iowa and New Hampshire right up until Election Day, people were still making up their minds, “said Michelle Wu, a Boston City Councilor at-large and Warren supporter who campaigned for her both states. “Voters are really wanting to think about November. That means that it will be a long race and a long primary, and Elizabeth’s operation is built for the long haul.”

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