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Elections 2012
12:11 am
Tue September 18, 2012

McCain Stumps for Romney in Portsmouth

Senator McCain speaking in Portsmouth
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Senator John McCain was in New Hampshire stumping for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, McCain made the case for Mitt Romney to a gathering of veterans and their families.

Addressing the recent anti-American demonstrations in the Middle East, McCain called the president’s response to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya a “partial apology.”

He said under President Obama, America’s relationship with Israel had deteriorated to an all-time low and questioned the President’s commitment to see America lead the world:

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Top Stories
10:06 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Top Stories: Higher Ed And The Candidates For Governor, Reflecting On A Decade Of N.H. Reporting

Flikr Creative Commons / Herkie

A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Mon September 17, 2012

A Foreign Perspective on Election 2012

giladlotan via Flickr Creative Commons

Foreign policy has taken center stage in Election 2012 after protests and violence at multiple U.S Embassies.  Political back and forth about how or how not to respond to the incidents have held up headlines, while the riots themselves remind us that there is world outside our borders that may not be voting for the next President of the United States, but nevertheless have an opinion.  We wanted to expand our on the international perspective of Election 2012, so we called Foreign Policy Associate Editor

NH News
12:23 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

N.H. Republicans Call for Unity

Ovide Lamontagne talks with Suzy and Kevin Smith.
Todd Bookman NHPR

New Hampshire Republicans gathered today for a unity breakfast. Over eggs and sausage, Republicans at the Manchester Country Club talked jobs and the economy. Party leaders stressed a need to work together before the November election. And the governor of Louisiana called for a conservative agenda in the New Hampshire statehouse.

Keynote speaker Bobby Jindal told the crowd that with Ovide Lamontagne as governor, New Hampshire can better compete for new business.

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Elections 2012
4:43 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Victorious Hassan Continues With Retail Politics

State Senator Maggie Hassan speaking with reporters. State Senator Lou D'Allesandro on the right.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Following her victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday night, State Senator Maggie Hassan greeted voters at Manchester’s Red Arrow Diner on Wednesday.

It was a slow morning as Senator Hassan met with a half dozen or so patrons at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester. Hassan told reporters her campaign will be aggressive in stepping up fundraising.

“We’ve had a great outpouring of support in this state yesterday and today already and we’ll work as hard as we can to have the resources we need to compete.”

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Elections 2012
3:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Hassan Wins Primary; Dems Look To General Election

Marc Nozell NHPR

Democrat Maggie Hassan turned what was expected to be a tight race with fellow former state senator Jackie Cilley into and 15 point romp.

The crowd chanted, “Maggie Maggie Maggie.”

And when she took the stage at her victory party last night Hassan wasted no time in making the same argument she’s made all election long: She will act as a check on a republican legislature she considers extreme, and that she sees the man who now occupies the corner office a role model.

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Elections 2012
1:57 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Close Race for District 4 Executive Council Seat

Bob Burns
Credit NH GOP

An Executive Council race in the Manchester area turned out to be one of the state's closest primary races.

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Elections 2012
1:54 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Cilley Tells Supporters: 'Fight Worth Having'

Marc Nozell NHPR

Jackie Cilley concedes the Democratic gubernatorial race to Maggie Hassan, and says the primary debate was worth it for the party.

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Elections 2012
1:52 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Lamontagne Claims GOP Nomination

Ovide Lamontagne with his wife Bettie during last night's victory speech.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Both Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith came into the race with strong conservative credentials. But Smith couldn’t overcome the name recognition and money of the front-runner.

At the night’s campaign headquarters in Concord, Bettie Lamontagne introduced her husband to a crowd of raucous supporters.

"Please welcome the love of my life, my best friend, and the person we all believe should be the next governor of the great state of New Hampshire, Ovide Lamontagne..."

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Elections 2012
12:53 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Hassan Accepts Democratic Nomination

Maggie Hassan celebrates after accepting her party's nomination
Emily Corwin NHPR

Democrat Maggie Hassan won the Democratic nomination for Governor at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester last night. She says she’s ready to face Ovide Lamontagne, whom she called “the tea party favorite.”

Hassan brought up issues from  payday loans, to education and womens’ health:

Under my opponent’s version of live free or die, abortion would be illegal, even for the victims of rape or incest, and women and their doctors would be treated as criminals.

Primary 2012
12:35 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Lamontagne Defeats Smith, Secures Nomination

Lamontagne delivering his victory speech in Concord
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Ovide Lamontagne secured the Republican nomination for his gubernatorial bid. He beat challenger Kevin Smith and will go on to face Maggie Hassan in the general election in November.

(Chants of "Ovide, Ovide")

Ovide Lamontagne took the podium shortly after accepting rival Kevin Smith's concession. But he didn't bask in the glow of victory for long.

"Please savor the moment. Savor the moment, because it's over."

Lamontagne's race was one of the first called of the evening, and he wasted no time in setting his sights on his Democratic opponent.

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Smith Concedes
12:17 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Smith Concedes GOP Gubernatorial Nomination Race

In Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith faced a much better-known candidate
Ryn Lessard NHPR

Last night Ovide Lamontagne turned a commanding lead in the polls into the Republican nomination for governor.  His main challenger, first-time candidate Kevin Smith, conceded the race early in the evening. 

In the race against a well-known candidate like Lamontagne, Smith was something of a long shot.  And he acknowledged that he was the unknown candidate.

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Hassan
10:31 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

'That's The N.H. Way,' A Victorious Hassan Says

Hassan speaks to supporters
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

Maggie Hassan gave her acceptance speech at her victory party tonight in Manchester, comparing her stance on free kindergarten and abortion rights with her now-opponent, Ovide Lamontagne.  Her biggest round of applause came when she announced that "women should be able to make our own health-care decisions." She continued by thanking her family and supporters.

Cilley
10:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jackie Cilley Concedes

Cilley concedes
Ross Boyd New Hampshire Public Radio

Cilley thanked supporters and spoke candidly throughout her speech. "We moved the needle on pledge politics."  Not enough to win, but Cilley vowed to continue her fight against the pledge.

Hassan
9:32 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

At Hassan Victory Party, Some Supporters Hesitant

Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

A crowd is forming at the Hassan victory party, although not all attendees are entirely enthusiastic.  Alex Cohen of Dover came to the Hassan victory party with his friend Linda, a campaign volunteer from Newmarket.  He's sporting a Hassan campaign sticker, but says "I always find myself voting for the lesser of two evils."

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