NH Primary

Newscast
10:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

UNH N.H. Primary Course To Be Offered To The Public Online

The University of New Hampshire is opening up its class on the state's leadoff presidential primary to a wider audience through a Massive Open Online Course.  The course will be offered in the fall of 2015 and will build on a popular class the university has offered for the last several election cycles. Those participating from afar will be able to watch lectures and presentations from classroom guests and join in on discussions.  They won't earn college credit, and the university is still deciding how much they will be charged.

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From the Archives
10:18 am
Fri February 28, 2014

From The Archives: 1984 N.H. Primary

Vice President Walter Mondale

Today marks thirty years since the 1984 New Hampshire primary. It’s a contest not well remembered today – on the Republican side, President Ronald Reagan was running essentially unopposed, and the man who won the Democratic nomination, Walter Mondale, not only lost the New Hampshire primary, he lost the general election in a landslide.

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Word of Mouth
12:10 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Rethink 2014: Political Primaries

Credit Sara Plourde

Characterized by partisan gridlock, grandstanding and an unwillingness to compromise, the 113th Congress is well on its way to becoming the least productive legislature in American history. Elected officials increasingly hail from the ideological fringes of their respective parties, leaving little room for moderation, dialogue or consensus around even routine issues.  The march to the partisan battlelines -- some argue -- starts long before a candidate is sworn in. It begins during the primary, when extreme views draw audiences and media attention away from the moderate middle. Today, we’re prodding one of New Hampshire’s sacred cows by asking whether it’s time to dramatically reforming the way we do primaries.

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Political Junkie
1:58 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Battle For The Senate: Numbers Favor GOP, But Control Is Still Up For Grabs

The most vulnerable Senate Republican.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 1:28 pm

The battle for the Republican presidential nomination may or may not be decided by the end of this month. The battle for control of the Senate, on the other hand, is likely to go on all the way until the final votes are cast in November.

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Campaign 2012
4:28 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Romney And The Economy: Two Ways To Read His NH Victory Speech

A number of media outlets(including the Boston Globe) noted that Mitt Romney's victory speech after the New Hampshire primary felt more like a general election speech than a nomination contest speech.

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Campaign 2012
3:36 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

How NH Counties Voted (Based Economic Demos)

This year, NHPR's GOP primary coverage took on a strong national flavor, broadcasting to listeners all over the country. Among the network's expanded audience were WNYC listeners in, well...NYC.

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Primary 2012
11:20 am
Wed January 11, 2012

For Your Entertainment: Tourism And One Of Primary Night's Most Amusing Tweets

One of our most popular New Hampshire primary posts looked at how much the months-long political circus affects Granite State tourism. (You can read that post here.)

Political tourism is definitely a niche hobby.

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Campaign 2012
2:56 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Romney Wins Big, Makes History

Tracy Lee Carroll for NHPR

 

Last night was vindication for Mitt Romney as the former Massachusetts governor claimed nearly 40 percent of the vote; Texas Congressman Ron Paul took second with 23 percent.

"Thank you New Hampshire. Tonight we made history," said Romney.

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Paul party
2:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

A Second Place Win for Paul

Ron Paul celebrates his second place win gathering 23 percent of the votes.
Erik Swenson for NHPR

Texas congressman Ron Paul’s second place finish  put his supporters into celebration mode last night. 

Coming in second typically feels like a disappointment.  Not for Heather Mellem of Manchester. 

“Romney might win this election, but Ron Paul is first in ideas.  And he’s taken his cause to a level I’ve never expected he could take it to. Amazing,” she said.

Campaign 2012
1:30 am
Wed January 11, 2012

New Hampshire Primary 2012: Wrap-up

 

 

 

 

Summary results | Town results

Updates from the field :

"If we don't get our act together at home, we will see the end of the American Century by 2050" - Jon Huntsman 9:34 p.m.

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Campaign 2012
1:01 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Santorum and Gingrich Campaigns Head to South Carolina

Gingrich pushes on to South Carolina.
Marc Nozell for NHPR

Neither of them finished in the top three in New Hampshire, but Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum both say their campaigns will continue.

The two of them battled for fourth place behind Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman.

Gingrich says he’ll campaign tomorrow in South Carolina.

“I’m asking each of you not to slow down, in the next couple of days, make a list of every person you know in South Carolina and every person you know in Florida cause those are the next two great contests.”

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Huntsman
11:36 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Huntsman's Third Place Victory Speech

Flanked by his beautiful wife and daughters, Governor Jon Huntsman emphatically confirmed that, despite coming in third with 17 percent of the vote, he had achieved his goal of exceeding expectations. Apparently this was the momentum the campaign needed in order to continue fighting. He started his speech by saying, "Third place is a ticket to ride," and "South Carolina, here we come!" 

At one point in the speech, after Huntsman said "I believe in America," a lone supporter shouted "And we believe in Jon Huntsman!" which triggered an energetic cheer.

Campaign 2012
11:14 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

On the air

NHPR's Brady Carlson is on the air with NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin, and Dante Scala from the University of New Hampshire. 

Santorum
10:21 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Santorum: "On to South Carolina"

Rick Santorum addressed his supporters in Manchester at the Derryfield Country Club.
Kevin Flynn for NHPR.

Speaking to a crowd of 150-300 supporters in Manchester, former PA Senator Rick Santorum says the momentum of Iowa and New Hampshire will take him into South Carolina against Mitt Romney.

Santorum thanked Granite State supporters for listening to his message of faith, family, and freedom.

Afterwards, Santorum and his family shook hands for ten minutes before leaving for a private runway at Boston/Manchester Airport. He'll spend the night in South Carolina.

Paul
9:51 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Speaks to an enthusiastic crowd

Erik Swenson for NHPR

Speaking to a cheering crowd, Congressman Ron Paul hit on some key points of his campaign.  He noted the large amount of energy that his campaign found on college campuses around the country, and he charged that the Federal Reserve was "taking care" of the  "military-industrial complex" and financing more deficit spending by the government.  He said that the "liberty movement" had brought forward the issues of "funny money" and the cost of acting as the "policeman" of the world.  Paul closed his speech by saying "we will restore freedom to this country." 

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