NHPR Staff

 Things might be relatively quiet on the New Hampshire campaign trail right now, but there’s still plenty of activity: staffers rounding up volunteers for canvassing and phone calls; campaign flyers stuffed in voters’ mailboxes; ads flooding the airwaves, Facebook and plenty of other places.

University of New Hampshire

Relatively new voters could play a significant role in this year's New Hampshire presidential primary.

That’s according to a new paper from the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, which looks at an influx of new residents and a rising tide of young voters, many of whom weren’t old enough to participate in past presidential primaries.

Newspapers in the two early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire have been issuing candidate endorsements in an accelerating flurry in recent days. But do those endorsements even matter anymore?


We’re a little more than two weeks from the New Hampshire primary — and, as you might expect, we’re in for another busy weekend on the campaign trail.

Super PACs are, in some ways, playing a more visible role than ever in this year’s presidential primary — running a large share of the television ads, but also in some cases taking on many of the voter-contact responsibilities usually reserved for a traditional campaign

But it’s not always so easy to see what these groups are doing – or who’s footing the bill. And it’s looking like voters in Iowa and New Hampshire will have to wait until after they head to the polls to find out who’s behind some of the most active super PACs in this year’s primaries.

GIF created using footage from NBC

The three Democrats running for president faced-off Sunday night for the last time before voters begin to weigh in on the 2016 campaign for the White House. 

Kate Brindley for NHPR

If you're closely following the New Hampshire Democratic primary, you might want to zero in on the results coming in from Berlin and Rochester — two post-industrial, blue-collar Democratic towns where Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in 2008.

Courtesy Simon and Schuster

On January 20th at 5:30pm, New Hampshire Public Radio and The Warren B. Rudman Center at The UNH School of Law come together to bring you another event in their series, Justice & Journalism. This series presents a range of speakers to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism. 

Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio’s Correspondent on Religion and Belief, is our guest. He will be speaking about his latest book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, and how immigration is playing out in the presidential primary.


The remaining Republican candidates for president — or, most of them, anyway — will meet in South Carolina tonight for the sixth debate of the primary season.

There have been a few notable developments since the last time the candidates debated in December.

Ever wondered who’s responsible for actually setting the stage for a presidential campaign event? Or what those must-visit New Hampshire stops are like on the days when they’re not being used as backdrops for candidate meet-and-greets?

New Hampshire Public Radio has released a new, comprehensive database of New Hampshire election results dating back to 1970, up and down the ballot. Unveiled on the cusp of the state’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary, it's a unique analytic tool to help users understand New Hampshire politics. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The stage has been set for the next Republican presidential debate, slated for Thursday night in South Carolina.

Looking in from the outside will be two candidates who've been on the main stage in most previous debates and have spent considerable time in the Granite State.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina were relegated to the undercard debate, after both failed to reach the polling criteria set by debate organizer Fox Business Network.

Paul told CNN Monday night he plans to boycott the debate.

Josh Rogers, NHPR

 With less than a month to go until Primary Day, the Granite State “ground games” of the presidential campaigns are getting more scrutiny than ever — from the media, but also from political leaders.


ABC News announced Sunday that it has cut its partnership with the New Hampshire Union Leader for the Republican primary debate to be held in Manchester just days before Granite State voters go to the polls.

An ABC executive said the Union Leader’s endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the GOP primary, coupled with the paper’s ongoing spat with Trump, led them to drop the paper from the Feb. 6 debate.

The paper has criticized Trump through a series of front page columns and editorials in recent weeks.

Still can’t get enough of all things New Hampshire primary? You’re in luck.

Just in time for the final stretch before the first-in-the-nation contest, NHPR’s launching a new podcast — Primarily Politics — a fun round-up of news and other trends from the campaign trail hosted by Brady Carlson. We’ll have a new episode each week leading up to the primary on Feb. 9.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the first installment:

Nicole Tung/freejamesfoley.org via AP

A documentary about the life and death of New Hampshire native and photojournalist James Foley will air on HBO next month.

According to the Boston Globe, HBO Documentary Films has acquired stateside TV rights to "Jim: The James Foley Story."

The documentary will debut Feb. 6 on HBO, shortly after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Earlier today we looked at New Hampshire's Voter ID law and the possible impacts it may have on the Presidential Primary, early next month.

While the law has been on the books for more than three years, this year's primary will be the first in which the law is in full effect.

Many local election officials, as well as voter rights groups like the ACLU and League of Women Voters, are preparing for that day, when many first-time or infrequent voters come to the polls.

Sara Plourde for NHPR

This year, NHPR created more online-only content than ever before, from digital-first reporting to data maps, blogs, videos, and interactive infographics.

Here's a compilation of our favorite digital stories of 2015, arranged by category.

We’re 41 days out from the New Hampshire primary — which means plenty of voters will be moving beyond the window-shopping phase of the campaign and trying to settle, more seriously, on their presidential picks.

Paige Sutherland for NHPR

Check this story throughout the day for storm weather updates.  Visit the National Weather Service forecast map to see detailed conditions in your area. 

Worried about a power failure? We've got links to utility outage maps on our weather resources page

Cheryl Senter, NHPR

Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, might’ve kicked the proverbial hornet’s nest when he penned a front-page editorial calling Republican frontrunner Donald Trump “a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy.” But the newspaperman was simply continuing his outlet’s long-running tradition of cutting presidential candidates down to size. 

xandert / Morguefile

You’d be hard-pressed to find a political animal as mystifying, misunderstood and over-analyzed as the so-called “independent” voter of New Hampshire.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump returns to the Granite State on Monday.

The billionaire businessman is scheduled to hold a rally in Nashua at 7 p.m.

Polls show Trump continues to lead the GOP field, both nationally and in  New Hampshire. 

A CBS News poll of Republican New Hampshire voters earlier this month showed 32 percent supporting Trump.

Sheryl Rich-Kern

The first measurable snow of the winter season is expected to arrive in the Granite State Tuesday.

Snow will begin falling in southern New Hampshire by daybreak, and will spread northward into the early morning hours.

Click here for NHPR's Weather Information page.

Steve Lavoie with Hometown Forecast says southern New Hampshire will see the snow transition to a wintry mix and eventually all rain, while northern parts of the state will see mostly snow.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

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.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

Allegra Boverman / NHPR

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.

Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

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.

Allegra Boverman / NHPR

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.