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It’s probably a safe bet that Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte are paying close attention to who’s in front of the pack for their respective party’s presidential primary — and for good reason.

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The presidential primary trail is taking a rare detour through New Hampshire’s North Country this week.

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Republican Lindsey Graham ended his presidential bid today.

The South Carolina senator was a frequent and vigorous campaigner in New Hampshire, but his effort did little to help him break through in a crowded field. He failed to poll much higher than 1 percent in the state, and had little on the ground support or big name endorsements.

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley sits down with Exchange host Laura Knoy and Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. 

The Red Cross and the city of Keene are opening a shelter Saturday night at the Keene Recreational Center because of gas outages throughout the city.  

The problems began this morning when Liberty Utilities warned customers of possible gas odors and elevated carbon monoxide levels in their homes after a power problem at its Keene plant.

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If you're hoping to do some candidate shopping on the last weekend before Christmas, you're in luck. The next few days will be a veritable presidential primary bonanza across the state. 

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The gun used to kill Pamela Smart’s husband 25 years ago will remain in the state’s hands, after a judge denied a request to release the murder weapon.

The Union Leader reports the owner of the firearm, Vance Lattime Sr., had requested the gun be returned to him.

His son, Vance Lattime Jr., was paroled in 2005 after serving 15 years for his role as an accomplice in the 1990 murder of Gregory Smart.

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 It would be a stretch to call last night's Republican presidential debate, hosted by CNN in Las Vegas, a game-changer.

“If you were looking for the fifth GOP debate of this topsy-turvy 2015 to upend or reshuffle this race, you came away sorely disappointed,” wrote Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.

But with less than two months to the opening nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, last night’s debate did reveal (or reinforce) a few themes to watch for as the GOP race intensifies.

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 It's been a recurring theme throughout this year's presidential primary race: Early states (like New Hampshire) are losing their clout as candidates run what are essentially nationwide campaign.

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 It's been a recurring theme throughout this year's presidential primary race: Early states (like New Hampshire) are losing their clout as candidates run what are essentially nationwide campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is kicking off a two-day campaign swing through the Granite State.

The Vermont Senator will meet with students at Nashua Community College Monday afternoon. That will be followed by a town hall meeting in Hollis at 5:30.

And Tuesday evening, Sanders will open a campaign office in Rochester, and is set to hold another town hall meeting in Hampton.

Republican candidates will be in Las Vegas early this week for the next GOP debate Tuesday.

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Donald Trump maintains a comfortable lead in the latest WBUR poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters, while Chris Christie saw a boost to second place following the rollout of several high-profile Granite State endorsements that brought renewed attention to his campaign.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign in Portsmouth tomorrow night.

 It will be his first campaign stop in the state since his call for a “total and and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country. And the visit won't come without pushback. 

As more details come out about the shooting in San Bernardino, terrorism threats and measures to restrict guns have become part of the debate surrounding national security.

NHPR spoke with both of New Hampshire’s senators this morning about one of President Obama’s proposals: banning the sale of guns to those on the government’s no-fly list.

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Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Exchange host Laura Knoy and Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. 

On NHPR.org this afternoon, you'll find a set of maps that illustrate the outcomes of the state’s past few Democratic president primaries. And as NHPR continues to follow this year’s competitive Democratic field, the maps add some context for what it takes to win the state – including how Hillary Clinton edged out Barack Obama 8 years ago. NHPR’s Senior Editor for Politics Dan Barrick spoke today with All Things Considered host Peter Biello about the maps, and what they might tell us about the 2016 outcome.

This primary season, NHPR is taking a closer look at some of the issues defining the presidential primary races in a series we’re calling Where They Stand. Today, we’re looking at gun control and where the Democratic candidates fall both past and present.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might finally be hitting his Granite State stride. The Republican presidential candidate has been one of the most ardent campaigners in New Hampshire this year. But those dozens of town hall meetings, tavern meet-and-greets and policy roundtables have -- so far -- appeared to pay few dividends.

Is that about to change?

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Students in Manchester schools are heading back to classes this morning at new times.

The school district is changing hours based on its new contract with the Manchester Education Association.

The high schools will start at 7:45 this morning, the middle schools at 7:35 and elementary schools in the city will begin at 8:45. 

 

Meetings of New Hampshire’s Ballot Law Commission don’t often get much attention. But this week will be different. A handful of challenges to prominent candidates in the 2016 presidential primary will come before the commission, which has been asked to decide if Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz can legally appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot.

It may be hard for those of us in New Hampshire to believe -- but there's a whole other round of voting to come after our own presidential primary in February. And the outcome of that race will likely be shaped by factors impossible to predict at this point.

To help, the website FiveThirtyEight.com just published a guide to the seven major issues they believe will shape the 2016 White House race. 

It may be hard for those of us in New Hampshire to believe -- but there's a whole other round of voting to come after our own presidential primary in February. And the outcome of that race will likely be shaped by factors impossible to predict at this point.

To help, the website FiveThirtyEight.com just published a guide to the seven major issues they believe will shape the 2016 White House race. 

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Concord attorney and Democratic activist Andru Volinsky  is running for the Executive Council.

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With all of the recent posturing at the State House, it might be easy to assume that Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republicans in the Legislature are having trouble finding common ground on how best to tackle substance abuse. But, as lawmakers gear up for a special session devoted to New Hampshire’s opioid epidemic, that’s not necessarily the case.

The three Democrats who remain in the running for the party's presidential nomination will gather to debate Saturday night in Des Moines.

It'll be the second debate in the party's nominating schedule so far. Six debates are scheduled altogether, including one in Manchester in late December.

Here's a quick guide to some of the best commentary on the event we've found so far.

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The parents of murdered journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley say news of a U.S. airstrike targeting the man suspected of killing their son gives them no solace.

NPR reports the Department of Defense says U.S. forces conducted an airstrike targeting an Islamic State leader known as "Jihadi John," who has appeared in videotaped murders of Americans and other hostages. Officials have not said whether the attack Thursday on a location in Raqqa, Syria, killed "John," whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi.

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Donald Trump has been at the front of the Republican presidential pack in New Hampshire since late July — at the moment, outpacing all other candidates in polling averages double digits.

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A ceremony will be held at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery Wednesday morning to honor those who have served the country.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and other elected officials are expected to speak at Veterans Day event, which gets underway at 11.

Rain has forced the cancellation of some events.

Manchester will not hold its annual Veterans Day parade Wednesday.

Nashua also cancelled its parade. The city will instead host a short ceremony at Elm Street Middle School.

Several presidential candidates will be in New Hampshire on this Veterans Day.

For some, it's a chance to show off an army of supporters and pay homage to a long-running New Hampshire political tradition. For others, it's a chance to formalize their run for the presidency — however far-fetched their candidacy may be.

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Join us in studio on  November 12th at 3 PM for an in-depth discussion with Ohio Governor and Presidential Candidate John Kasich about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season.

The forum will be broadcast on The Exchange on November 12, at 8pm and again on Monday November 16th at 9am and 8pm. 

Tickets are complimentary but space is extremely limited! Arrive a little early - the event will be recorded for broadcast.

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