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State Medical Examiner: 414 People Died of Drug Overdose in 2015

As state officials feared, drug overdose deaths rose significantly in New Hampshire last year, to well over 400 cases. The latest data from the state's medical examiner show that 414 people suffered fatal overdoses in 2015, up from 326 in 2014 and 192 the year before.
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Marco Rubio took the stage at the Manchester Radisson just as Donald Trump finished his victory speech. The crowd that came to see Rubio  was much smaller than those he’d been drawing at town halls the past few days—journalists far outnumbered the disappointed faces tonight, and Rubio addressed exactly why.

"I want you to understand something. Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It’s on me. It’s on me I did not do well on Saturday night so listen. that will never happen again."

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After winning the Iowa Caucuses but falling behind several spots in New Hampshire, Texas Senator Ted Cruz still framed his finish in the Granite State as the latest example of his campaign defying expectations.

“Once again, the talking heads and the Washington insiders were confident that our wave of support would break against the rock of the Granite State. That a conservative, we were told, could not do well in the state of New Hampshire,” Cruz said, to some jeers.

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For Bernie Sanders, the New Hampshire Democratic primary was over before his after-party got started.

The gymnasium at Concord High School was not even half-full, and many supporters were still being wanded by the Secret Service when the news broke that, with with just 8 percent of precincts reporting, CNN had declared Sanders the winner.

The roar from the crowd as deafening.

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It was a disappointing night for Chris Christie supporters in Nashua Tuesday night. The New Jersey Governor finished near the bottom of the Republican field in the New Hampshire Primary.  Christie was hoping for third place or higher but instead finished in sixth. 

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Despite a disappointing finish in Tuesday's presidential primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told supporters his campaign is far from over.

"This campaign is not dead," he said after stepping onto the stage at Manchester Community College to thank supporters. "We’re going on to South Carolina.

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If the voting in Bethlehem is typical it could be a very busy day at the polls in the North Country.

“The turnout has been phenomenal. People are coming out in droves," says Ellen Roy, a supervisor of the checklist. “We had so many new voters, people that have never voted before, across the board in age.”

And that was all before 1 p.m.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders held his final campaign event before the primary at UNH last night, a concert intended to encourage students to vote, and featuring the group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic zeros, among others.

Following a few hours of performances, the Sanders campaign bus finally rolled off the snowy roads from a campaign stop at Pinkerton Academy in Manchester.

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After nearly 80 town halls in New Hampshire this Primary campaign, Chris Christie wrapped up his final one in Manchester Monday night.

The New Jersey Governor is hoping his tireless campaigning and strong debate performance on Saturday will pay off at the polls.

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Donald Trump dwells on his skill as a deal maker, and last night he worked hard to secure commitments from the several thousand voters who braved a snowy night to hear his final pre-primary speech at the Verizon Center. Trump told them they had no choice.

“You are close to death, your doctor tells you its not working. Your wife is disgusted with you, she said, I'm leaving. No matter what. She says, darling  I love you but I've fallen in love with another man. I don’t give a damn, you got to get out and vote, right? Right? You gotta get out to vote.”

Sean Hurley

While most New Hampshire’s cities and towns will use machines to count votes this Primary Day, many towns still do things the old-fashioned way: hand-counted ballots.  But fewer towns stick to that method every year. This year, five new towns have opted to go the automated tabulator route. NHPR's Sean Hurley lives in one of those towns: Thornton.  He visited Town Hall to see how officials there are faring with the newfangled device.


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