2016 Elections

Coverage of the 2016 races in New Hampshire, from the White House to the State House.

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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.

“I need to open with a very critical breaking news announcement…”

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.”

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. 

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In a room full of pink t-shirts and balloons, Cecile Richards told students at UNH on Wednesday that Democrat Maggie Hassan will be a strong voice for women’s reproductive rights if elected to the Senate. She also criticized her opponent, Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte, for her votes opposing Planned Parenthood.

Richards also laughed off a recent Ayotte campaign tactic of handing out free condoms to younger voters.

“I’m sorry," she said, "handing out condoms on a college campus does not mean you are actually providing health care to folks in this state.”

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.

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Our Conversations with the Candidates series continues with First District Democratic Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, who is looking to regain her seat in 2016. We'll talk with Shea-Porter about health insurance, the economy, and national security.


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The Exchange's Laura Knoy and Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers sat down with New Hampshire political candidates in front of a live audience at the NHPR Studio, to ask a wide variety of questions, including those submitted by the audience and NHPR listeners.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Governor Maggie Hassan, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate.

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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Donald Trump is returning to New Hampshire, his third trip to the Granite State this month.

The Republican presidential nominee will hold a rally in Manchester on Friday, the campaign has announced.

With less than two weeks to go, both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are targeting New Hampshire, one of the key swing states that could decide the race.

Clinton held a rally earlier this week at Saint Anselm College.

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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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Donald Trump's son Eric Trump will be in New Hampshire Tuesday to support his father's presidential campaign.

Eric Trump will make stops at Trump campaign offices in Manchester, Nashua, Salem and Stratham, where he'll meet with supporters and volunteers.

The son of the Republican presidential nominee will end the day at the Seacoast Republicans Rally in Seabrook.

With two weeks left in the campaign, both parties are spending plenty of time in New Hampshire, seen as a key swing state in the presidential race.

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At Monday night’s 1st Congressional District debate hosted by NH1 News, two familiar foes were joined by a newcomer to the race.

Incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter are no strangers to voters in the 1st District; this marks the fourth consecutive race where they’ll both be on the ballot.

So voters by now are used to hearing them square off on the issues, as they did Monday night on the topic of term limits.

Guinta says he supports the idea; Shea-Porter disagrees.

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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 the race for the U.S. Senate seat, Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger, Governor Maggie Hassan, weigh in on a host of issues around business and the economy, as well as topics of importance to New Hampshire voters. The Exchange's Laura Knoy, NHPR Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers, and NHBR Editor Jeff Feingold  pose questions at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.

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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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Hillary Clinton is returning to New Hampshire campaign stop with just about two weeks to go until Election Day.

The Democratic presidential nominee will campaign in Manchester on Monday alongside Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. This is Clinton's third trip to New Hampshire since July. Clinton campaigned alongside former rival Bernie Sanders in both of her previous trips, reflecting her attempts to reach out to the supporters who propelled Sanders to a win in the February primary.

Clinton and Warren are hosting a 12:30 p.m. rally at Saint Anselm College.

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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Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence made a stop in Exeter last night, looking to drum up support for Republican Donald Trump’s struggling New Hampshire campaign.

 

The Indiana Governor told the crowd the choice to be made on November 8th is about the nation’s security, and future prosperity. He cautioned that the balance of the Supreme Court hangs on their vote, and he defended Donald Trump for remarks made during last week’s debate about the validity of American elections.

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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Joe Biden is offering a searing takedown of Donald Trump's views on American democracy and foreign policy.

The vice president says Trump's claim the election may be "rigged" is an attack on "the very essence" of democracy. Biden was speaking Thursday in New Hampshire while campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

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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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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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  We continue our "Conversations with the Candidates" series with 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta. The Republican from Manchester is running for re-election as a pro-small-business fiscal conservative.  Guinta also touts his bi-partisan credentials - on issues such as the heroin epidemic. 


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had one job in his third and final debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: break out.

He needed to break out from the narrative that is fast enveloping his campaign — the way evening overtakes the late afternoon.

He needed a breakout performance showing himself to be disciplined and knowledgeable enough to be president.

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