Elections 2012

9:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois at Smith Camp

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

Minutes before Smith's arrival at the Derryfield, District 4 Executive Councilor candidate Tom DeBlois arrived to applause.

9:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hunger At The Smith Camp

The food buffet at Smith HQ
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

It's not exactly a rambunctious crowd here at the Derryfield in Manchester. Folks are just eating, talking or checking their phones for the latest poll numbers. Smith himself hasn't shown up yet and there hasn't been any spontaneous cheering or chanting.

Supporters don't seem anxious so much as resigned - but they're still hopeful. They're also hungry, and not just for the food - there has been a real lack of polling updates. Those with smartphones are making good use of them, but several supporters are turning to members of the press for the latest numbers.

8:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Friends and Flowers at Camp Hassan

Nancy Rockwell, Hassan supporter
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

Long-time friends and supporters of Maggie Hassan are early attendees at the Hassan camp at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester. Nancy Rockwell, Hassan's pastor, waits to give Hassan a bouquet of pink roses, with Chaplain Sue Goodspeed.

Across the room, long-time friends of Hassan's family Sue Ratnoff and Lynda Beck gaze at a television, above the podium.  "We're more than friends," Ratnoff says. "We know she's honest.  And by the way, she'd make a terrific governor."

8:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Smith Supporters Trickle In

Marc Nozell New Hampshire Public Radio

Kevin Smith supporters finally outnumber media and campaign staff. People are hitting the bar, and the gourmet food buffet featuring tomato basil crackers, tabouli and hummus. Still, the Derryfield Country Club is far from full.

Early numbers are coming in with 5% of the precincts reporting and Smith is already far behind his primary opponent Ovide Lamontange. Smith has about 2.5 thousand votes (23.5%) and Lamontange has about 8 thousand (75.4%).

8:14 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Cilley Supporters Filling In at The Shaskeen

Cilley Supporters at the Shaskeen Bar in Manchester
Ross Boyd New Hampshire Public Radio

The Shaskeen is filling up with folks in support of Jackie Cilley.  Early arrivals found seats at the bar easily,  and are now patiently awaiting results.

Elections 2012
5:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Many N.H. Voters Sit This Election Day Out

Sheryl Rich-Kern

Governor Lynch is leaving office after eight years and gubernatorial nominees from both parties are fighting for last-minute in today's primary.

But despite the zeal from the recent presidential conventions, not to mention the glut of political signage, many New Hampshire voters decided to sit this election day out.

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Elections 2012
12:56 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Voters Finally Get Their Say In State's Primary

Dave DeWitt shows his support for Ovide Lamontagne in Peterborough.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Voters in southwestern New Hampshire are showing support for their candidates in today’s primary.There are a few local races in the Monadnock Region, but most eyes are on the governor’s race.

Janine Lesser is casting her vote for Democratic candidate Jackie Cilley.

"I believe that she has managed to change the conversation about the fiscal structure in the state, and you don’t get a candidate like that very often," says Lesser. "I think she is the strongest of the candidates, and I’m excited about her."

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N.H. Primary
8:53 am
Tue September 11, 2012

N.H. Primary Results

Voter Turnout
7:30 am
Tue September 11, 2012

168,000 Voters Expected At Polls Today

Theresa Thompson Flickr Creative Commons

It’s primary day, and despite an incredibly close race in the Democratic gubernatorial contest, many more Republican voters are expected at the polls. 

Elections 2012
5:53 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Campaign Trails Cross For Smith And Lamontagne

Dan Gorenstein NHPR

GOP gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith spent the last day before the primary pressing the flesh.  The two even campaigned together...sort of.

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Elections 2012
5:33 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Special Coverage: N.H. State Primary

League of Women Voters of California Flickr Creative Commons

NHPR will have special live coverage of tomorrow's state primary beginning at 8 pm and lasting throughout the evening. Laura Knoy of The Exchange will host the live broadcast, and we'll hear from NHPR reporters and analysts at the camps of gubernatorial candidates, Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan, Ovide Lamontagne, and Kevin Smith.

Check back here at nhpr.org and follow @nhpr on twitter for the latest primary results, news, and photos. 

Word of Mouth
11:35 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Voter ID Problem? There's an App for That.

Last week, the Justice Department approved New Hampshire's new law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls, or to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity in order to vote. Josh Rogers, NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter, is here with more on what New Hampshire voters can expect. 


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Congressional Primaries
10:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Bass, Guinta Face Largely Unknown Challengers In Primaries

Congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta both face primary challengers
DonkeyHotey Flickr Creative Commons

If you haven’t heard that Republican congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta are facing primary challenges, you’re far from alone.  At least, that’s according to a recent Granite State Poll. 

Representative Frank Guinta faces one challenger, while fellow Republican Charlie Bass has four people vying for his slot on the November ballot.  But University of New Hampshire pollster Andy Smith says more than nine out of ten constituents have no idea who these would-be contenders are.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Divides Candidates in Governor's Race

Ben McLeod Flickr Creative Commons

When the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, it said states must be given a choice about expanding their Medicaid programs.

Option A: Keep things as they are.

Option B: Enroll more people, and the Federal government will help you pay for their care.

Democrat Jackie Cilley likes that second option. She says that if New Hampshire doesn’t grow its Medicaid rolls, poor people will continue to slip through the cracks, and that Republican lawmakers in Concord would bear the blame.

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Elections 2012
6:30 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Romney Rallies in Nashua

About 4,000 supporters in Holman Stadium, Nashua came to see Romney and his wife Ann.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke at a rally in Nashua on Friday night.

Approaching the stage of a crowded baseball stadium in Nashua to the Kid Rock song Born Free, Mitt Romney and his wife greeted their supporters with smiles and waves.

(Music and cheers…)

Romney said the latest job numbers from August reflect what he calls the president’s poor management of the economy.

“There were four times as many people who dropped out of the work force as the net new jobs created under this president.”

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