Primary 2012

6:43 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Spirits high, doors closed at Romney camp

Young Mitt Romney staffers
Taylor Quimby for NHPR

Supporters of front-runner Mitt Romney are gathering downstairs in the dining hall at Southern New Hampshire University.  All the action will take place upstairs, but it won't be another 30 to 40 minutes before they start admitting the general public.  A group of young staffers say they're very optimistic about Mitt's chances of placing first.

6:21 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Fighting for Final Votes

State Representative Laurie Pettengill waves signs for Newt Gingrich outside of the Verizon Center.
Todd Bookman for NHPR

Polls will be closing soon here in Manchester. Outside of the Gingrich Camp, NH House Representative Laurie Pettengill (R, Carroll 1) is hoping to sway a few more voters over to Newt Gingrich. After volunteering for Romney four years ago, the first-term Representative is attracted to Newt's ideas for balancing the budget. "The conservative party is important to me," she says. "He's the right mix that we need." 



6:18 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

The buzz at the Santorum Headquarters

Live crews stand by for their 6:00 reports at the Santorum campaign party in Manchester, NH. The audio from the podium has been plagued by a buzz, much to the chargrin of the broadcast media.
Kevin Flynn for NHPR.

In the hours before the polls close - and national reporters have nothing to do except bide their time before their live shots - there was some real buzz at the Santorum HQ.  Literally.  The audio system from the podium was plagued by a buzz.  Any audio engineer will tell you such a gremlin is caused by a crossed wire, a short inside a line, or the impedance on a sound line being switched the wrong way.  The problem is chasing it down among an army of radio and TV news crews.

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Primary 2012
5:58 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

All hands on deck

Photo by Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin is on hand tonight to provide insight and analysis. You can follow him on Twitter at @KenRudin, and let us know your questions for him on our NHPR Facebook page, or @NHPR on Twitter. 

Campaign 2012
6:03 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out For Santorum Town Hall

Hundreds gathered inside a barn in Hollis to see former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
Amy Quinton

Before last night’s debate, a crowd of several hundred gathered in Hollis for a town hall meeting with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

So many people squeezed inside a barn in Hollis to hear Rick Santorum that it prompted one campaign staffer to exclaim “this is nuts.”

Most of the several hundred people inside were political tourists from out of state.

At one point Santorum told the crowd that he’d only take questions from New Hampshire residents.

He urged voters to stick to their values.

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Campaign 2012
6:16 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Romney Up Big In UNH Poll

The University of New Hampshire poll shows Mitt Romney at 44 percent support, up five points from two weeks ago. Texas congressman Ron Paul stands at 20 percent. UNH survey center director Andy Smith says the race for now – at least -- is for third.

“But because NH voters make up their minds very late that could easily be for second, should Ron Paul slip up and or should some of the support for the non-Paul and non Romney candidate go to Santorum or Gingrich or Huntsman.”

Word of Mouth - Segment
3:05 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Is Retail Politics Dead?

Photo by Lawria via Flickr

It’s game on in the Granite State. Every four years, the TV trucks pull in, guys in suits and sunglasses show up in your local breakfast joint, and the opinions of New Hampshire citizens are momentarily considered to be of national importance. It’s the first in the nation primary time!

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Primary 2012
1:12 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Rounding Out the Field: The Lesser-Known Candidates on the New Hampshire Primary Ballot

Democratic presidential candidate Ed Cowan (left) and Republican candidate Bob Greene at Saint Anselm College's Lesser Known Presidential Candidates Forum, December 19, 2011.
courtesy Marc Nozell via Flickr/Creative Commons

Half a dozen GOP contenders are taking part in two televised debates this weekend in New Hampshire.

But the field of candidates is quite a bit larger - in fact, there are 30 Republicans and 14 Democrats on the New Hampshire primary ballot this year.

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:56 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

The Value of New Hampshire

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We've heard several takes on the downward slide of retail politicking in New Hampshire…now, to other trending topics in the 2012 campaign…joining us with his take on New Hampshire's role in the political process is Bill Curry. He’s a long-time political analyst and NPR commentator who was a close advisor to Bill Clinton during his presidency .  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:50 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Robocall Revenge and the Hidden Branding in Campaign Signs

For those who revel in political swag and campaign catering, the New Hampshire primary is a perfect opportunity to socialize with like-minded supporters and bathe in the glow of national media.  But for many others, politics are a private affair – that is until you receive a pre-recorded via the home phone - usually, right around dinner time.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:38 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

A Celestial Victor?

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Bookies take bets on winners and losers. Political junkies follow the news, budgets and campaign strategies to determine the odds. Astrologers follow the candidates destinies as mapped out in the heavens. The Nashua Patch asked astrologer Dorothy Morgan to consult the stars  for clues to the outcome of the New Hamsphire primary.

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Primary 2012
5:30 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Santorum, Romney Hope to Build Momentum in New Hampshire

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR. File photo

The primary trail is busy again, with Iowa in the rearview mirror and just days before Granite Staters cast their votes.

NHPR's Josh Rogers shares the latest from the trail with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson, including what Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are doing as they hope to build on the results of the Iowa caucuses.

Primary 2012
4:55 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

New Hampshire Primary's Role Still Key, But Changing

A "vote here" sign marks the way to the polling place in Nashua, November 4, 2008.
Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

The Iowa caucuses have come and gone, and that leaves New Hampshire the better part of a week to consider the candidates before the primary on January 10th.

Here to help us sort out New Hampshire’s changing role in the political landscape is NPR’s Political Editor Ken Rudin. He talked about the primary with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson. 

North Country
4:20 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

North Country Weeklies Endorse Ron Paul

Three weekly newspapers from the North Country have endorsed Ron Paul for president.

The newspapers are the Littleton Courier, the Coos County Democrat and the Berlin Reporter

The endorsement was made in the January 4th edition.

“We believe the two strongest candidates are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul,” the editorial said.

But then it noted “We feel there is something about Romney that is missing.”

Its praise for Paul included:

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Campaign 2012
3:34 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

On Caucus Day, Huntsman Maintains NH Focus

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is the only high-profile candidate not fighting it out in Iowa. Campaigning in Pembroke this morning, Huntsman suggested that the Iowa caucus results would prove extremely perishable.

“We’ll remember them for about seven hours and then people will be focused on New Hampshire. And this will be the ballgame here because this is a primary, because this will be a broad-based turnout of Republicans and independents and even some Democrats.”