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

There are a few towns and cities across New Hampshire that -- time and again -- almost perfectly mirror how the state votes as a whole. Political junkies call a town like this a "bellwether." 

One of the state's most tried and true bellwether communities is the city of Rochester. 

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Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will stump for her father in New Hampshire Thursday.

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By now it seems inevitable: A debate question gets asked about something other than the presidential race, but soon enough, the discussion is about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Wednesday night, it took seven minutes for them to enter the debate.

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Among the many issues that come up during an election campaign--health care, national security, immigration--the one that historically matters the most to voters is the economy.

When times are good, incumbent politicians are quick to point that out on the campaign trail. In the race for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, Maggie Hassan is doing just that, touting the state’s economic performance during her four years as Governor.

 

But how much credit does Hassan, or really, any sole politician deserve for a state’s economic good fortune?

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Listen to Kelly Ayotte on the campaign trail these days, and at times her message can sound like a hymn — to bipartisanship.

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After suggesting that Democrats were abusing the state’s same-day voter registration rules by “busing” in out-of-state voters, Chris Sununu clarified that he does not believe voters are being literally bused across the New Hampshire border en masse to participate in the elections — but he does favor stronger residency requirements to prevent potential abuses at the polls.

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  Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern met for their final debate as gubernatorial opponents last night.

And in a night full of them, perhaps the most contentious moment of the final gubernatorial debate between   Sununu and   Van Ostern emerged early on — over a question that boiled down to a matter of trust.

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State Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has a little more at stake this election than most of his State House colleagues. If he wins re-election, and his fellow Democrats manage to secure a majority in the Senate, Woodburn is poised to become Senate President, the second-highest ranking official in state government.

But first Woodburn must win re-election to his seat representing the North Country, where he faces an opponent running on a single, very local issue: the Northern Pass energy project. 

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As a first-term Democrat, serving in a Republican-led Congress in an era of intense partisan gridlock, Ann Kuster probably wasn’t going to accomplish a lot after being elected in 2012.

 

And in the four years since, Kuster has had an unremarkable run in Washington, by at least one measure: Of the 29 bills she’s introduced, just one - to rename an air traffic control tower in Nashua – was signed into law.

 

Then again, House Democrats on the whole haven’t had many legislative achievements since Republicans took over Congress in 2010. But according to Kuster, there’s more to her record over the last four years than meets the eye.

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Before we sat down with Sen. Kelly Ayotte as part of our “Conversations with the Candidates” earlier this week, we asked you what questions you had for the Republican incumbent.

You pitched lots of great suggestions, and while we weren’t able to include all of them in the forum, we did ask Ayotte to weigh in on a few issues (which also happen to be at the forefront of recent headlines) that you told us you wanted to hear the senator address.

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Join us for the latest in The Exchange's "Conversations with the Candidates" series, with incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.  She's been the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's Second Congressional District since 2013. We talk with Kuster about veterans issues in New Hampshire, her speech on the House floor about her sexual assault while a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, and other issues.


We're sitting down with Congresswoman Annie Kuster on Wednesday, and we want to know what issues you want to be part of the conversation. Let us know, and you could end up getting an answer.

 On Tuesday, New Hampshire voters will head to the polls to cast votes in national and statewide races.

Thanks to NHPR's New Hampshire Elections Database, we're able to take a look at town-level election results up and down the ballot dating all the way back to 1972.

So, how has your New Hampshire town voted in recent gubernatorial and presidential elections? How about U.S. Senate Races? Explore our interactive maps to find out.

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We recently aired a story about a farm stand in Ashland with a unique amenity – an outhouse that owner Chris Owens had converted into a makeshift voting booth. While the latest polls show an ever tightening Presidential race, NHPR’s Sean Hurley says the results from the outhouse indicate a clear victory for one candidate. 

Chris Owens sits beside an outdoor woodstove at the back of his farm stand.  At his feet, his cat, Sid Vicious and on his lap - a box full of ballots, freshly collected from…his outhouse.

  We caught up with Sen. Kelly Ayotte on her way into NHPR's studios to ask her to give her best elevator pitch for why voters should consider sending her back to the Senate.

One question on many people's minds is whether polling places will be disrupted on Election Day. There are concerns that vigilantes, armed with cameras and notebooks, will intimidate voters they suspect of committing fraud. Such groups insist they'll follow the law, but civil rights groups are on alert just in case.

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The Exchange continues its "Conversations with the Candidates" series with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, the Republican incumbent and former New Hampshire Attorney General. We talk with Ayotte about immigration, climate change, and other issues of importance in this campaign, as well as the breaking news of the FBI's new probe of Hillary Clinton's emails.


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Top Democrats in the state gathered in Manchester this weekend to get fired up for the election’s  homestretch.

At Saturday's inaugural Kennedy-Clinton Dinner, speakers included candidates for major office, with special guest Chelsea Clinton.

  Last week, you heard Rep. Frank Guinta offer his best elevator pitch on why voters should send him back to Congress. This week, we caught up with his Democratic challenger, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, to get her pitch for why voters should send her back to Congress – again.

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.

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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 1st 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.

Peter Biello

In addition to two familiar foes on the ballot in New Hampshire’s 1st 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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