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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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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.

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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. 

Wednesday is the deadline for candidates for state elected office to file campaign finance reports, detailing how much money they’ve raised and spent since the primary.

 

But these reports will give us only a glimpse of how the political dollars are flowing this year.

 

Following trends in recent elections, outside groups are expected to make a considerable investment to try and sway voters before they go to the polls less than three weeks from now.

 

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The way Secretary of State Bill Gardner sees it, Granite State elections have gone on under dire circumstances before. This year, he thinks New Hampshire will be able to handle whatever’s in store this year on Election Day.

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Republican candidate for Congress Jim Lawrence provided details on his business background in an interview with the Union Leader, after a report by NHPR into Lawrence’s business record. 

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After a surprise strong showing in last month’s GOP gubernatorial primary, Frank Edelblut is back on the campaign trail, backing his former rival Chris Sununu.

And while he’s not commenting on his political ambitions, the move suggests Edelblut could have more elections in his future.

Republican Congressional candidate Jim Lawrence stopped by NHPR Monday for an hourlong conversation with The Exchange, as part of our ongoing series of Conversations with the Candidates.

But before he sat down for that interview, we asked Lawrence to give his best elevator pitch — literally, in our building's elevators — to voters on why they should send him to Congress.

New Hampshire is still considered a swing state, despite a trend toward Democrats in the last few presidential elections. But when you look further down the ballot, there are relatively few districts that can still be called battlegrounds—most are reliably red or blue. One of the last ones left is a long slice of the Seacoast—State Senate District 24. NHPR’s Natasha Haverty reports on how two candidates are working to tip the scales there.


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We're sitting down for a one-hour conversation with Rep. Frank Guinta on Thursday, and we want to hear what you want to hear from the Congressman.

For the latest in our ongoing series of Conversations with the Candidates, we're looking for your suggestions of questions we should pose to the Republican incumbent running in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

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Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife Hillary in New Hampshire on Monday. At his first stop at Dartmouth College, he stressed that America’s future remains bright.

Jessica Hunt, NHPR

Jim Lawrence is running for Congress in District 2  in New Hampshire. He’s a Republican, going up against incumbent Democrat, Ann McLane Kuster. His pitch to voters relies heavily on his record as what he calls "a small business owner."  But it’s hard to get much detail on what exactly that record entails.

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The latest polls show Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by about four percentage points in New Hampshire — closer than in many other battleground states.  And for Trump supporters here in the state, a week of increasing allegations didn’t keep them away from a weekend rally in Portsmouth.

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Bill Clinton will campaign for his wife in New Hampshire on Monday. The former president plans to make stops at Keene State College and Dartmouth College in Hanover.

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