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Earlier this year, it seemed a commuter rail line could really happen for Southern New Hampshire. Polling had shown 74 percent of residents support it, and lawmakers were voting on whether to use $4 million in federal dollars to connect Boston’s commuter rail to Nashua and Manchester.

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In a campaign stop in Rochester New Hampshire on Sunday, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence praised the FBI's decision to review emails that may be related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

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With just a little over a week until the election, what questions do you still have for Sen. Kelly Ayotte? Let us know, and you could get an answer during our candidate forum with her on Monday.

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Donald Trump’s rally at the Radisson in Manchester was scheduled to begin at noon. But the fact that he was running more than hour and a half late may have actually worked in his campaign’s favor. “I need to open with a very critical breaking news announcement…”

For the fourth straight election, voters in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District will see the same two names on their ballots: Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter. The political rivals have traded the seat every two years since 2010, a testament to how evenly split the district is between Republicans and Democrats. But some voters are getting tired of the endless sequels.

As his son Chris is running for governor, John H. Sununu, isn’t just playing the role of supportive father. He’s also one of his son’s most powerful campaign cheerleaders. At a recent rally for vice presidential candidate Mike Pence in Exeter, Sununu encouraged the crowd to make sure they vote a Republican ticket — including the one running for governor who has, in his words, “a name I like to talk about.”

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Ahead of our recent forum with Carol Shea-Porter , who’s running to retake her former seat in New Hampshire’s 1 st Congressional District, we asked what you’d most like to hear her talk about.

Among the presidential candidates, environmental issues haven’t gotten much play this campaign season. Here in New Hampshire, that’s not quite the case, especially in the gubernatorial race where issues like Northern Pass, solar and wind energy and high energy costs have helped shape the campaign.

Down in the polls, low on cash and deeply unpopular, Rep. Frank Guinta could use all the help he can get defending his 1st District Congressional seat. But, adding insult to injury, the incumbent has been all but abandoned by the Republican party’s major lifeline for House candidates.

You might've caught our hour-long interview with Congressman Frank Guinta , the Republican incumbent running to hold onto his seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. Before Guinta joined The Exchange in NHPR's studios, we caught up with him on the way up to our sixth-floor newsroom to get his pitch for why — in his view — voters should get behind his campaign.

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In addition to two familiar foes on the ballot in New Hampshire’s 1 st Congressional District, there’s a new choice for voters this year. Shawn O’Connor is a former Democrat who is now running as an independent. He’s up against incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who are running against each other for the fourth consecutive time. O’Connor joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about some of the issues in the race.

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Sitting on stage side-by-side and rarely addressing each other directly during the hour-long forum in Manchester, the differences between Senator Kelly Ayotte and Governor Maggie Hassan were clear.

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Eric Trump, son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, was in New Hampshire Tuesday to help rally supporters in the final stretch before Election Day.

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As the race to become New Hampshire’s next governor enters the home stretch, the rhetoric from both campaigns is growing more contentious. At a forum hosted by the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning, Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Chris Sununu stepped up their attacks on each other’s backgrounds.

Complaints about skewed public polls are nothing new. Recent election cycles have included many such accusations from candidates – especially when they’re running behind. In 2012, many Republicans held onto the idea that the polls were skewed against Mitt Romney, right up until Barack Obama won reelection.

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Let us know what questions you have for Democratic Congressional candidate Carol Shea-Porter, who's vying to win back the seat she held two years ago in New Hampshire's 1st District. You could get an answer later this week.

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New Hampshire Democrats presented a united front Monday at a rally with Hillary Clinton in Manchester. But it wasn’t just Clinton these politicians were urging voters to get behind but the whole Democratic ticket.

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In his campaign to become New Hampshire’s next governor, Democrat Colin Van Ostern often talks about his business experience and his votes on the Executive Council. But there’s another, less talked about portion of his resume that could be just as important to his run for governor.

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Ahead of our recent forum with Congressman Frank Guinta , we asked you to let us know what issues you wanted to hear him discuss. While we weren’t able to get to all of your suggestions during the forum, we did ask Guinta about his views on campaign finance regulations.

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New Hampshire lawmakers say the state’s 30-year practice of treating non-criminals with severe mental illness at the state prison should be addressed next legislative session. During a committee hearing Thursday, lawmakers agreed this policy should change but how is more tricky.

Johanna Persing

With just over two weeks until Election Day, campaigns from both parties are stepping up their efforts to reach voters in New Hampshire. NHPR’s Jason Moon tagged along with some Republican volunteers as they made their case to voters in southern New Hampshire over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon a handful of canvassers with the state Republican Party met in the parking lot of a Derry restaurant. From there, they set out into a leafy, suburban neighborhood.

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Ahead of our recent forum with Republican Congressional candidate Jim Lawrence, we asked you to send in your suggestions for what issues you wanted to hear him discuss.

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What do you wish New Hampshire’s next senator knew about your economic situation, and what would you ask them to do to help? Here's your chance to do just that.

Scott McGilvray of Hooksett is President of NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest teachers union, and that’s a job he says he’ll keep if he wins a seat on the state Senate. McGilvray says there’s no conflict of interest, because he stopped doing any lobbying work.

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If you’ve tuned into local news stations lately, you might’ve spotted Chris Sununu’s first TV ad of the general election . A few seconds in, Sununu, the Republican nominee for governor, talks up his business experience at the helm of Waterville Valley Ski Resort, where he’s served as CEO since his family bought the resort in 2010.

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When it comes to fighting the drug crisis, Chris Sununu has said, broadly, that he wants to promote “aggressive” drug prevention education programs and to expand treatment availability for people struggling with addiction . But this week Sununu called for more aggressive penalties and enforcement when it comes to drug trafficking.

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Democratic candidate for governor, Colin Van Ostern, announced his plans to modernize state government and cut red tape for New Hampshire businesses. He made the remarks alongside business leaders at the education tech firm Motivis Learning in Salem.

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Jim Lawrence, a Republican running for U.S. Congress from Hudson, hasn’t paid property taxes on his home for three years, according to the Concord Monitor , which reported Lawrence owes the town of Hudson $15,614 for a home valued at $289,100. The news comes after NHPR raised questions about the work Lawrence says he’s done with his consulting firm, Lawrence Battelle, Inc. Throughout his campaign, Lawrence has touted his company’s work as a military consultant, advising the Department of...

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While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Nashua Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden called Donald Trump's continued claims that the election is rigged, as a “a threat to our democratic process.”

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate tonight at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Live updates begin at 9 pm . To listen along, find your NHPR...

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