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Political news from New Hampshire Public Radio, from the State House to the First in the Nation Primary.

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One of the more closely-watched Senate contests of 2016 won’t be bound by a so-called people’s pledge after all.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan have failed to reach an agreement to limit the influence of outside political groups in the race.

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An undercover video claiming to show out-of-state residents attempting to vote in the presidential primary is being reviewed by the Attorney General and is likely to renew a years-long debate over voter ID rules in New Hampshire

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The candidates have flown out, the national cameras have shifted focus, and soon the yard signs will begin to disappear.

But for the local media, who'll stay put as the campaigns continue onward – it all feels so sudden.

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling on Democratic challenger, Governor Maggie Hassan, to sign a pledge that aims to limit third party spending in the race for US Senate.

The so-called People’s Pledge proposes the candidates agree to pay fines in the form of charitable donations when third party ads are aired in their favor.

That same pledge was used in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race.


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A federal bill that provides money for addiction treatment and drug prevention has passed its first hurdle. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen co-sponsored the legislation. 

The bill calls for additional dollars for a number of areas including treatment for people battling addiction while in prison, drug prevention efforts in schools, and expanding access to the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the measure by a unanimous vote. But how much of the bill’s $70 million would go to New Hampshire is unknown.

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New Hampshire is one step closer to complying with a federal identification law known as Real ID. That’s after the House Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill making it optional for people to get Real ID licenses. 

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In the months leading up to Tuesday’s primary, nearly every presidential candidate mentioned New Hampshire’s opioid and heroin epidemic while on the stump in the Granite State.

But now that the New Hampshire primary has come and gone - will this issue be forgotten on the campaign trail as candidates' shift focus to other states?

How did the drug issue became a talking point on the 2016 trail?

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  DURHAM, N.H. — The huge Carly Fiorina signs along New Hampshire's Route 4 weren't enough to keep her campaign alive past Tuesday's presidential primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently.

The polls had it right when it came to New Hampshire’s presidential primary results—for the most part, anyway. With just a few exceptions, the polls predicted that Donald Trump would win on the Republican side, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders would beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a wide margin.

But, historically the polls in New Hampshire haven’t been this accurate. So, what accounts for this increased accuracy? For an answer to that question, we turn to Steve Koczela, President of the MassINC Polling Group. 

One-hundred percent of votes are now in in New Hampshire and a couple of things are now official:

1. Record for total turnout: Combining all voters — Democrats and Republicans — it was a record for a New Hampshire primary. In all, 538,094 people cast ballots. That beats the 2008 record of 527,349.

2. The Republican record was shattered: The final tally for GOP ballots cast was 284,120 votes. That beats out the 2012 Republican primary tally of 248,475.

Casey McDermott

The morning after Election Day, I stopped by Ben Carson’s campaign headquarters in Manchester to see if anything was going on.

There wasn’t. The lights were out and the doors were locked. Carson was also long gone. At a neighboring hair salon, stylist Kettia Fenestor said the Carson camp made for good neighbors. But she’s happy to put it all in the rearview.

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Despite Tuesday's primary wrapping up late Tuesday night, the New Hampshire House returned to business the very next morning.

Lawmakers had a slate of bills on the docket Wednesday from continuing Medicaid expansion for another two years, to funding full-day kindergarten.

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Donald Trump was effusive as he praised the state that gave him his first win - and made it a big one.

Ohio Governor John Kasich took the coveted second prize among Republicans in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

But how did the rest of the GOP field fare?

Primary Blog: In New Hampshire, Outsiders Are In As Trump, Sanders Win Big

Feb 10, 2016
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Full day coverage from NHPR reporters and contributors in the field. Photos, victory speeches, voter voices, and much more.

Sean Hurley

There were two big winners last night in the New Hampshire primary- and a handful of  losers.  NPHR's Sean Hurley spent some time at the Primary parties of two of the latter, Carly Fiorina and former Virginia Governor, Jim Gilmore.

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When Hillary Clinton spoke to the crowd at Southern New Hampshire University last night, she quickly addressed the bad news for her campaign.

“I want to begin by congratulating Senator Sanders on his victory tonight and I want to thank each and every one of you. And I want to say, I still love New Hampshire and I always will.”

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

John Kasich’s second-place finish in Tuesday’s Republican primary was perhaps the biggest surprise in a night that seemed full of foregone conclusions.  

While the Ohio governor took just 16 percent of the vote, his campaign is “the story coming out of New Hampshire," said his state chair John E. Sununu. “Nobody thought he could finish in the top tier let alone break through and beat Jeb Bush and Chris Christie and Marco Rubio and beat Ted Cruz."

Kate Brindley for NHPR

Marco Rubio took the stage at the Manchester Radisson just as Donald Trump finished his victory speech. The crowd that came to see Rubio  was much smaller than those he’d been drawing at town halls the past few days—journalists far outnumbered the disappointed faces tonight, and Rubio addressed exactly why.

"I want you to understand something. Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It’s on me. It’s on me I did not do well on Saturday night so listen. that will never happen again."

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

After winning the Iowa Caucuses but falling behind several spots in New Hampshire, Texas Senator Ted Cruz still framed his finish in the Granite State as the latest example of his campaign defying expectations.

“Once again, the talking heads and the Washington insiders were confident that our wave of support would break against the rock of the Granite State. That a conservative, we were told, could not do well in the state of New Hampshire,” Cruz said, to some jeers.

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For Bernie Sanders, the New Hampshire Democratic primary was over before his after-party got started.

The gymnasium at Concord High School was not even half-full, and many supporters were still being wanded by the Secret Service when the news broke that, with with just 8 percent of precincts reporting, CNN had declared Sanders the winner.

The roar from the crowd as deafening.

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It was a disappointing night for Chris Christie supporters in Nashua Tuesday night. The New Jersey Governor finished near the bottom of the Republican field in the New Hampshire Primary.  Christie was hoping for third place or higher but instead finished in sixth. 

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Despite a disappointing finish in Tuesday's presidential primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told supporters his campaign is far from over.

"This campaign is not dead," he said after stepping onto the stage at Manchester Community College to thank supporters. "We’re going on to South Carolina.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders held his final campaign event before the primary at UNH last night, a concert intended to encourage students to vote, and featuring the group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic zeros, among others.

Following a few hours of performances, the Sanders campaign bus finally rolled off the snowy roads from a campaign stop at Pinkerton Academy in Manchester.

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After nearly 80 town halls in New Hampshire this Primary campaign, Chris Christie wrapped up his final one in Manchester Monday night.

The New Jersey Governor is hoping his tireless campaigning and strong debate performance on Saturday will pay off at the polls.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Donald Trump dwells on his skill as a deal maker, and last night he worked hard to secure commitments from the several thousand voters who braved a snowy night to hear his final pre-primary speech at the Verizon Center. Trump told them they had no choice.

“You are close to death, your doctor tells you its not working. Your wife is disgusted with you, she said, I'm leaving. No matter what. She says, darling  I love you but I've fallen in love with another man. I don’t give a damn, you got to get out and vote, right? Right? You gotta get out to vote.”

Sean Hurley

While most New Hampshire’s cities and towns will use machines to count votes this Primary Day, many towns still do things the old-fashioned way: hand-counted ballots.  But fewer towns stick to that method every year. This year, five new towns have opted to go the automated tabulator route. NHPR's Sean Hurley lives in one of those towns: Thornton.  He visited Town Hall to see how officials there are faring with the newfangled device.


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At Dixville Notch the traditional midnight primary voting took less than a minute for the ballots to be cast by the four Republicans, four independents and one Democrat.

Moderator Tom Tillotson announced the results.

“On the Republican side we have for Donald J. Trump two. For John R. Kasich we have three. On the Democratic side we have four votes cast for Bernie Sanders. None for Hillary.”

The vote took place at the shuttered Balsams Resort. Most of the voters in previous years moved away after the resort closed late in 2011.

Sara Plourde, NHPR

Explore our interactive maps or click the links below to navigate through the results tables.

Click here to see our live blog with news and updates from the polls.

Table of State Level Results - Democratic Primary
Table of State Level Results - Republican Primary

Florida Senator Marco Rubio spoke to voters in Nashua just a few miles from where started his campaign in the state ten months ago. The main idea he offered to folks in this gymnasium: He’s the one candidate who can bring the Republican Party together. 


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