CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -New Hampshire Senate Candidate Doris Haddock is now officially named Granny D.

Her campaign announced the formal name change Monday, a switch from her previous legal name of Ethel Doris Haddock.

“I’m Granny D,” Haddock said in a statement. “I’m 94 and I want to make it official. I want the citizens of New Hampshire to be able to vote for Granny D – this is how people know me.”

Haddock, a Democrat, is opposing incumbent Republican Sen. Judd Gregg. She stressed in the statement that the “D” in her new name stands for Doris, not her party affiliation.

Cheshire County Probate Court Judge John Maher approved the name change Aug. 19.

Haddock had previously petitioned the state’s Ballot Law Commission to use her nickname on the primary ballot, but her request was denied.

Candidates can use first, middle and given names on ballots. Haddock has filed a request to place her new name on November’s ballot.

AP-ES-08-23-04 1837EDT

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