NH Primary

Primary 2012
3:12 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

How Much Does The Primary Actually Help NH Tourism?

In an earlier post, we spent a fair amount of time breaking down the economic impact of New Hampshire primary spending. (You can read that post here.)

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Election 2012
1:29 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

In N.H., Romney's Real Rival May Be Expectation

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was stumping at Harvey's Bakery in Dover, N.H., is pinning his hopes on a strong finish in the Granite State.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 12:45 pm

Primary Day in New Hampshire turned into open season as GOP rivals launched a barrage of attacks seeking to undermine front-runner Mitt Romney, whose campaign hopes to live up to expectations that he will deliver a solid victory.

Not only does Romney need to win, he needs to win convincingly — holding challengers such as Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and a resurgent Jon Huntsman comfortably at arm's length.

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1:01 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

The Latino perspective on the NH Primary

Photo by Mockstar via Flickr Creative Commons

In this latest podcast from the series Feet in Two WorldsLa Opinion's Pilar Marrero and freelance journalist Valeria Fernandez talk about the mood and opinions of Latino immigrants on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary. 

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Hooksett Polls
11:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Steady Primary Turnout

Voting gets underway at the Cawley Middle School in Hooksett, NH
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

Polling supervisors describe turnout as steady as the primary gets underway. 

The early birds were waiting outside the  Cawley Middle School when the polls opened at 6.   By 7:30, about 300 people had cast their ballots.

Hooksett resident Diana Brighton picked Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

“Well, I think he can beat Obama and I like his politics.”

Electability and the prospect of defeating the current president were reasons given often by Romney voters. 

But former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was the choice for Sam Knowles.

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10:30 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Why Candidates Are Spending Less On The NH Primary This Cycle--And What It Could Mean For The Future

There's been a collective notion swirling among New Hampshire politicos and pundits that this year's Republican primary just doesn't stack up to past events. Candidates aren't as anxious to go to town hall meetings and shake hands at nondescript diners. By and large, they're not throwing astronomical sums of cash into unending TV ads. Yes, they're here, touting the importance of the early New England vote.

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Primary Coverage - Jan 10 at 7 P.M.
7:10 am
Tue January 10, 2012

New Hampshire Primary Special Coverage

New Hampshire Public Radio has been covering the candidates as they campaign in New Hampshire. On Tuesday evening, host Laura Knoy sits down with NPR's political editor Ken Rudin, and UNH political analyst Dante Scala, to keep you apprised of the latest poll results and check-in with reporters throughout the state.

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Campaign 2012
2:05 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

On The Stump: Whose Boots?

Can you name the candidate donning the boots pictured in the photograph?

Republican presidential candidates file in to New Hampshire in preparation for Tuesday's primary.

Word of Mouth - Segment
3:05 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Is Retail Politics Dead?

Photo by Lawria via Flickr

It’s game on in the Granite State. Every four years, the TV trucks pull in, guys in suits and sunglasses show up in your local breakfast joint, and the opinions of New Hampshire citizens are momentarily considered to be of national importance. It’s the first in the nation primary time!

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Primary 2012
1:12 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Rounding Out the Field: The Lesser-Known Candidates on the New Hampshire Primary Ballot

Democratic presidential candidate Ed Cowan (left) and Republican candidate Bob Greene at Saint Anselm College's Lesser Known Presidential Candidates Forum, December 19, 2011.
courtesy Marc Nozell via Flickr/Creative Commons

Half a dozen GOP contenders are taking part in two televised debates this weekend in New Hampshire.

But the field of candidates is quite a bit larger - in fact, there are 30 Republicans and 14 Democrats on the New Hampshire primary ballot this year.

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:56 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

The Value of New Hampshire

Photo by JCB Walksh via Flickr

We've heard several takes on the downward slide of retail politicking in New Hampshire…now, to other trending topics in the 2012 campaign…joining us with his take on New Hampshire's role in the political process is Bill Curry. He’s a long-time political analyst and NPR commentator who was a close advisor to Bill Clinton during his presidency .  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:50 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Robocall Revenge and the Hidden Branding in Campaign Signs

For those who revel in political swag and campaign catering, the New Hampshire primary is a perfect opportunity to socialize with like-minded supporters and bathe in the glow of national media.  But for many others, politics are a private affair – that is until you receive a pre-recorded via the home phone - usually, right around dinner time.

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Primary 2012
4:55 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

New Hampshire Primary's Role Still Key, But Changing

A "vote here" sign marks the way to the polling place in Nashua, November 4, 2008.
Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

The Iowa caucuses have come and gone, and that leaves New Hampshire the better part of a week to consider the candidates before the primary on January 10th.

Here to help us sort out New Hampshire’s changing role in the political landscape is NPR’s Political Editor Ken Rudin. He talked about the primary with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson. 

Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet
1:56 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

The Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet

After months of political debates, ad buying, and hand-shaking, the New Hampshire Republican primary is finally upon us. And not surprisingly, the latest WMUR Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows that the economy/jobs is the top issue for about 60 percent of the state's voters.

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Talk of the Nation - Political Junkie
12:28 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Talk Of The Nation Takes Political Junkie On The Road


Talk of the Nation takes Ken Rudin and the program's signature Political Junkie segment on the road.  And one of their stops is New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord.

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It's All Politics
11:41 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Santorum Explains His Comments About Black People And Entitlements

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign event at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Boone, Iowa on Monday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 10:12 am

If you were listening carefully to NPR's Ted Robbin's report on Rick Santorum on Morning Edition, yesterday, you heard some pretty controversial comments from the Republican presidential candidate.

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