Much of the election limelight has been on big races at the top of the ballot. But here in New Hampshire, there are also hundreds of state senate and house races on the ballot – races that often go unnoticed, despite the fact that the winning candidates can have a game-changing sway over local politics.
Bette Lasky and Peggy Gilmour have a lot in common. Together, they host a weekly radio show on a local AM station. In 2010, they both lost their state senate races. Two years later, these two Democrats want their jobs back.
The US Attorney and state Attorney General will run special election complaint hotlines on Tuesday. Assistant AG Richard Head says 30 lawyers and investigators will also be stationed at polling places across the state. Typically, he says, the office fields around a hundred complaints on Election Day.
“There is no typical voter complaint," Head says with a chuckle. "They can range anywhere from machines not working properly to signs--a wide range of issues.”
Five days before the Nov. 6 election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney and independent groups that support the presidential candidate are poised to outspend President Barack Obama on television ads targeting New Hampshire voters.
A review of television contracts filed this week with Federal Communications Commission show that the pro-Romney team reserved about $947,000 in air time from Oct. 29 through Election Day on WMUR, WBZ and WHDH.
Meanwhile, the Obama for America campaign reserved about $653,000 in air time on the three stations during the final week of the campaign.
While voters say economic issues are their top concern, abortion is also a high priority this year. In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of voters said it’s an important factor in their decision.
But when you have a pro-choice Republican running against a pro-choice Democrat, abortion doesn’t seem like an obvious lightning-rod issue.
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The election is less than a week away. And some worry that the majority of eligible voters ages 18 to 29 aren’t bothering to register or vote. In fact, over the last few decades, the enthusiasm among college voters seems to be slipping.
Candidate campaigning wasn’t the only political activity thrown for a loop by Hurricane Sandy, pollsters also had to take a break in New Hampshire and elsewhere.
Speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Frank Newport said they put their national tracking poll on hold because too many people on the East Coast wouldn’t be picking up their phones.
Newport: we want to be very careful because it’s better to have no poll at all I think than to have a poll that has the potential to be misleading.
In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality. It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature. For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions. It has deep religious and cultural roots. After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.