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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Black U.S. Senator Flirts With Presidency

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- Democrat Barack Obama made his first visit to the political proving grounds of New Hampshire on Sunday, stoking the growing buzz about a possible 2008 White House run by the rising party star.

Obama, the only black U.S. senator, spoke to 1,500 Democratic activists at a sold-out celebration of November's election wins in New Hampshire, home to the first presidential nominating primary in January 2008.

Obama's flirtation with a presidential run just two years after he was elected to the Senate has intrigued those Democrats looking for a fresh face or an alternative to presumed front-runner Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.

Obama, who will announce a decision on a run by early next year, appeared on a Time magazine cover and drew big crowds while campaigning for Democrats this fall. Nearly 150 media members will cover him in New Hampshire. The event was moved to a bigger venue to accommodate the crowd.