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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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Republican Chris Sununu has defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern to become New Hampshire's next governor and the nation's youngest at 42.

He will replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who ran for U.S. Senate. Sununu's father, John H. Sununu, served as governor in the 1980s.

Both Chris Sununu and Van Ostern worked together on the governor's Executive Council but spent much of the campaign criticizing each other's day jobs.

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Riding an unexpectedly strong showing at the top of the ballot, Republicans appeared poised to hang on to their advantage in the New Hampshire state Senate.

With 86 percent of the vote counted, Democrat Scott McGilvray led Republican state Rep. Joe Duarte by three percentage points in the Senate District 16 contest. If McGilvray hangs on, Democrats will pick up one seat, cutting the GOP’s Senate majority to 13-11.

Jimmy Gutierrez

The New Hampshire race that did get called late last night was District 2 Congressional Seat—which covers the west and north of the state. Incumbent Democrat Annie Kuster won a third term, but that win was unexpectedly tight. NHPR’s Natasha Haverty reports.


Kate Harper for NHPR

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On the night before any election tend to go for broke to drive voters to the polls. Donald Trump west to far as to pitch his possible presidency as a kind of national salvation.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

On the eve of the election, President Barack Obama made what may be his last trip to New Hampshire as a sitting President. Over 7,000 people crowded into the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Arena to hear President Obama stump for the person he hopes will take his place in the oval office: Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The failure of Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan to negotiate a deal to limit spending by outside political groups guaranteed that their U.S. Senate race would be the most expensive election in New Hampshire history.

And it is – by far. An unprecedented $127 million has been steered toward the campaign so far. Non-candidate groups account for roughly $96 million, or more than three times what the candidates themselves have spent.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

When New Hampshire voters walk into the polls Tuesday, they’ll be greeted by a process that has remained largely unchanged for decades: paper ballots, filled out by hand, with voter rolls monitored by pencil-wielding clerks. And the way the state’s top election official sees it, there’s little reason to mess with a good thing.

Natasha Haverty/NHPR

This Tuesday, millions of people across the country will head to the polls to cast their votes and help decide who should hold our nation’s highest offices. But there will also be millions of people who won't go to the polls. In fact, four out of 10 adults in the U.S. do not vote. 

And they have their reasons, too. We went to one Manchester neighborhood where voter turnout is particularly low to learn more.

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The candidates for New Hampshire governor spent the weekend crisscrossing the state, getting supporters fired up and making their final pitch to voters.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan crisscrossed the state over the weekend, glad-handing voters and rallying the support they hope will get them over the line in an election that may decide the balance of the U.S. Senate.

Clinton Makes Her Closing Argument To New Hampshire

Nov 7, 2016
Meredith Nierman | WGBH News

Hillary Clinton was in New Hampshire on Sunday night making her closing argument to voters here. 

The musician James Taylor warmed up the crowd Sunday night at the Manchester Radisson Hotel—one ballroom and two overflow rooms of Clinton supporters taking one last moment to bask in their candidate before Tuesday.

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Remember! New Hampshire is one of 13 states in the country where you can register to vote at the polls on election day. You'll need proof of age, where you're domiciled, and that you're a citizen. To learn more, go here.

New Hampshire voters will finally decide this year's political races this week, casting votes for President, U.S. Senate, Congress and governor -- all the way down to individual seats for the Legislature and local town races.

On Tuesday, thousands of New Hampshire voters will fill in a bubble way down the ballot, under “County Attorney.” It's likely few will know who they are voting for. Below, are interviews with all four candidates for the two contested county attorney seats in N.H. 

Click on the menu below to see how each candidate answered  her questions. 

RELATED: What's At Stake In Rockingham And Hillsborough's County Attorney Races

On Tuesday, thousands of New Hampshire voters will fill in a bubble way down the ballot - under “County Attorney.” But who are they voting for, and what does the job entail?  Few seem to know.

Related: Read Emily Corwin's interviews with the candidates for Hillsborough and Rockingham County Attorneys.

The race for control of the New Hampshire Senate is playing out across the state’s 24 Senate districts.

But, thanks in part to years of partisan gerrymandering, the majority of those districts are not terribly competitive, with either Democrats or Republicans all but guaranteed a victory.

Hannah McCarthy

Chelsea Clinton is campaigning for her mother, Hillary Clinton, in New Hampshire on Friday. She'll make stops at Keene State and Dartmouth College, just the latest in a series of college campus visits for the Clinton campaign in the state.

The youth could mean a boost for Clinton in the New Hampshire polls -- but only if college-aged voters bother to cast their ballot. 

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Ivanka Trump campaigned across Southern New Hampshire Thursday for her father with stops in Manchester, Hollis and Nashua. 

En route to a recent candidate forum with NHPR's The Exchange, Congresswoman Annie Kuster took a few moments on the elevator ride up to make the case for why voters should consider sending her back to represent New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Ahead of our recent forum with Congresswoman Annie Kuster, we asked you to let us know what issues you wanted to hear as part of that conversation.

Jason Moon for NHPR

With just days remaining before voters head to the polls, both presidential campaigns are sprinting to the finish line in New Hampshire. And, perhaps not surprisingly, each camp feels it has the winning strategy to get out the vote. But what does that look like on the ground?

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.

WMUR

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?

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

 

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.

Allegra Boverman, NHPR

  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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