Primary 2012

Gingrich
8:20 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Early Figures Show Newt at 10%

Todd Bookman for NHPR

With Romney being declared the winner, the race now turns to the rest. With less than 20% of the polling stations reporting, Newt is grabbing 10-percent of the votes. The mood here at his HQ remains upbeat, with the crowd starting to file into the ballroom in anticipation of the former Speaker's speech.

 

Santorum
8:12 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

He's the father of the bride

Santorum volunteer Bill Boyd of Merrimack pins a campaign button on the shirt of young Will Jenkins of Bedford, as supporters await their candidate on Primary Night in Manchester, NH.
Kevin Flynn for NHPR.

Bill Boyd is like the father of the bride tonight.  This Merrimack volunteer for the Santorum campaign has spent the whole day preparing the room for the candidate's primary night celebration.  It's a stressful job, but one Boyd says is satisfying.

Boyd says he's been with Santorum since they met in November 2010.  

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Gingrich
8:07 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

A Busy, Busy Week for NH Republicans

NH Republican Party Secretary Greg Carson
Todd Bookman for NHPR

Greg Carson, secretary of the N.H. Republican Party, is running out of steam. After a week of non-stop events, Carson said he is looking forward to tomorrow morning.

"I can't wait." 

The secretary isn't endorsing any candidate, but believes that having a large pool of choices is good for New Hampshire voters.

"The only bad thing is that the current mix of candidates is going to lead to some internal fighting," he says. 

Carson's wife, State Sen. Sharon Carson, has endorsed Mitt Romney.

 

 

Huntsman
8:03 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

NHPR's Dan Gorenstein at the Huntsman HQ

Reporter Dan Gorenstein working his way through the scrum of reporters and supporters at the Black Brimmer in Manchester. 

Paul
7:57 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Supporters Crowd the Room

The crowd streams in past the journalists.

A stream of relatively young people moved into the hall at 7:45PM, when the Paul staffers opened the doors to the crowd.  Among the chatter in the entering crowd was talk of a second-place finish and speculation surrounding exit polls.  Some were glued to their phones, looking at or listening to results.  Conversations also included talk about campaigns gone by, including the Giuliani campaign, and one Paul pin-adored supporter remarked that he had been driving people to the polls all day.   

Romney
7:49 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Robotics make for Romney overflow

Taylor Quimby for NHPR

A few dozen Romney supporters are chatting downstairs at Romney HQ after having been told by an apologetic staffer that the main event hall is filled to capacity.  Earlier tonight, a campaign staffer told the press that a SNHU scheduling conflict with FIRST Robotics is the cause of tonight's limited space.

Paul
7:41 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Supporters, News Organizations Keep Paul Camp Company

A crowd waits at the door to be let in to Ron Paul election night headquarters.
(Phil Sletten for NHPR)

Ron Paul election night headquarters is full primarily of journalists, but that will change soon.  Paul supporters have filled the lobby outside the main event room.  The Paul staff was originally not going to open the doors until 8 PM, but they have decided to let the Paul supporters in earlier.

The Paul Campaign says that there are at least 40 journalism organizations here, ranging from familiar names like Fox News and NPR to far flung organizations, including  Suddeutsche Zeitung from the south of Germany.

Gingrich
7:32 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Media Crush

Media swarm at Camp Gingrich in Manchester.
Todd Bookman for NHPR

With less than an hour to go before polls close in New Hampshire, a huge crowd of reporters swarm Camp Gingrich. Flashbulbs and headphones are in the majority, as supporters are slowly starting to trickle in. 

Huntsman
7:19 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

New Huntsman Signs Make an Appearance

(Ryan Lessard for NHPR)

The ominous Huntsman signs with their signature black background and big red "H" in vogue font are conspicuously absent this primary night. Instead, new posters with traditional red or blue colors are spread around the crowded Huntsman headquarters in downtown Manchester sporting the new slogan "Country First". The tagline is a reference to the way he has repeatedly defended himself for his service as Ambassador to China under the Obama administration, something his opponents hope to paint as tantamount to working for the enemy.

Campaign 2012
7:18 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

NHPR's Josh Rogers at Romney HQ

NHPR's Josh Rogers
Taylor Quimby for NHPR

Political Reporter Josh Rogers listens in to NHPR's special coverage in the press area at Mitt Romney's HQ.

Santorum
7:15 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

What if they threw a political party...

Santorum staffers adjust the American flag at the podium where the candidate is expects to appear later this evening.
Kevin Flynn for NHPR.

At 7:00 pm, about 250 reporters, photographers and engineers are staking positions in the ballroom of the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. There are a dozen satellite and ENG trucks in the parking lot, several with licenses plates from other time zones. Inside, the Santorum staff continues to play with signs and adjust lights, hoping to the make this an event most memorable.

What's missing? The supporters.

Paul
7:07 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Slow Start at Paul Camp

(Phil Sletten for NHPR)

The floor of the election night headquarters of Texas Representative Ron Paul still has a lot of open space, but more people are entering the room each minute.  The Paul staff appears exhausted, and some young men sitting in front of the main stage do not look very animated. 

The Paul Camp has a very strong media contingent, with a phalanx of camera crews and journalists spread across the entire back of the mid-sized room.  Media crews from as far away as Denmark have gathered to cover Congressman Paul's address.

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Gingrich
7:07 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Ready To Swing

The band Tuxedo Junction does a sound-check at Camp Gingrich.
Todd Bookman for NHPR

Strike up the band! Team Gingrich has hired Boston-based Tuxedo Junction to entertain the former Speaker's fans here in Manchester. The six-piece band will be playing a broad mix of tunes. Expect a few swing songs if polls look good...a dirge or two if Newt doesn't finish in the top three.

Campaign 2012
7:04 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

3...2...1...

(Photo by Rebecca Lavoie, NHPR)

Tune in all evening for our broadcast during this New Hampshire Primary. In the studio with Laura Knoy, NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin, and Dante Scala from the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. 

Romney
7:01 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Staffer says NH more enthusiastic about Romney than Iowa

"Button-guy" Jim Bragg
Taylor Quimby for NHPR

Jim Bragg, who calls himself Mitt Romney's "button-guy" is downstairs selling Romney campaign buttons, stickers, and blue and pink warm winter hats.  Bragg was selling buttons at the Romney camp in Iowa during the caucus, but says the New Hampshire supporters tonight are much more enthusiastic.  "This is a madhouse here," he says.  

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