N.H. Primary 2012

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The Basics

The New Hampshire primary is a mainstay in American electoral politics.  Every four years, voters gather to help determine the Republican and/or Democratic nominee for President.  While the state only has 12 electoral votes in 2012 (normally it’s 24, but the Republican National Committee penalized the state party for moving up the event date), the primary’s position as one of the earliest contests gives the state out-sized influence over the nomination process.

Only the Iowa caucuses come before New Hampshire’s primary.  Traditionally, New Hampshire’s broad-based primary contest has been seen as a counter-weight to Iowa’s more drawn-out caucus process, which tends to draw a smaller core of party faithful.  In the case of the 2012 Republican race, New Hampshire’s electorate is seen to represent the more libertarian-leaning, fiscally conservative wing of the party, while Iowa voters are seen as representing the socially conservative wing of the GOP base.

N.H. Primary summary provided by StateImpact - NH reporter, Amanda Loder

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Perry Tests 2016 Waters: Addresses Charges, Keystone Pipeline, Border Security

Perry takes questions at Keene State College
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s itinerary  -- meetings with core Republican activists, stops at colleges, and a speech at an event celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps – was very much that of a candidate. 

In his remarks at the Marine event, Perry cited Russia, Iran, and ISIS, as reasons why the U.S. cannot afford a foreign policy, that is, as he put it, “lacking in clarity.” 

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Politics
3:16 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Huntsman A 'Strong No' For The 2016 Presidential Race

Former Utah Governor and then-candidate John Huntsman in NHPR's studios in 2012.
Credit Courtney Cania / NHPR

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he's ruling out another run for the White House in 2016.

Huntsman told reporters in Salt Lake City on Wednesday that he was replying with a "strong no" when asked if he would enter the upcoming presidential race.

Huntsman briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Earlier this year, Huntsman said he was open to another bid, but he later told the Deseret News he had no plans for a campaign.

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Politics
8:58 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Despite Indictment, Texas Gov. Perry Testing N.H. Primary Waters

Texas Gov. Rick Perry mingles at an Americans for Prosperity event in Manchester Friday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The same day he was arraigned on abuse of power charges, Texas Governor Rick Perry kicked off a two-day visit to New Hampshire, fueling speculation about another presidential bid.

Speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in Manchester on Friday, Governor Rick Perry didn’t shy away from the indictment handed down last week.

“This indictment isn’t about me. This is a lot bigger than me. It’s about the state system of constitutional checks and balances. We’ll prevail.”

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Politics
2:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republicans Meet For Senate Debate In Conway

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The leading candidates for U.S. Senate met for debates Thursday in North Conway.

The debate, hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, ranged from Obamacare to medical marijuana, from the Veteran's Affairs to the National Security Agency. And with the increasing instability in the Middle East the candidates spent plenty of time airing their views on the situation in Iraq.

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Newscast
10:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

UNH N.H. Primary Course To Be Offered To The Public Online

The University of New Hampshire is opening up its class on the state's leadoff presidential primary to a wider audience through a Massive Open Online Course.  The course will be offered in the fall of 2015 and will build on a popular class the university has offered for the last several election cycles. Those participating from afar will be able to watch lectures and presentations from classroom guests and join in on discussions.  They won't earn college credit, and the university is still deciding how much they will be charged.

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NH News
7:54 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Giuliani Speaking On Leadership In Concord

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is giving a talk on leadership at the University of New Hampshire law school.

Giuliani, who served as mayor from 1994 to 2011, will deliver a presentation called "Leadership in the 21st Century" on Tuesday in Concord.

Afterward, Concord Mayor Jim Bouley will present Giuliani with a key to the city.

North Country
11:58 am
Thu March 13, 2014

For The 2016 Presidential Election Millsfield Wants To Turn On The Wayback Machine

Millsfield has no town hall so voters meet at the Peace of Heaven bed and breakfast. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

In the North Country Millsfield wants to regain a spot it held six decades ago: Being the first place to vote in the presidential election.

That goes back to just after midnight in November 1952 when the seven voters of Millsfield, which straddles Route 26 between Errol and the Dixville, cast the first votes in the presidential election, according to Time magazine article.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Sidebar: Utah House Approves Moving Primary Ahead Of New Hampshire's

Utah's Statehouse in Salt Lake City
Credit Jimmy Wayne via Flickr CC

Utah lawmakers have advanced a bill that would move the state’s presidential primary ahead of New Hampshire’s.

Legislation approved by the House Monday gives lawmakers the option of holding an online election, provided it is “held before any other caucus, primary, or other event selecting a nominee in the nation.”

If approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Gary Herbert, the bill, HB 410, would require the state to fund the Western State Primary, at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.

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All Things Considered
5:36 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

1984 Primary Featured New Candidates - And A New Public Radio Service

Colorado Senator Gary Hart presented himself to New Hampshire voters as the candidate of new ideas, and used some old-fashioned campaigning in a victory over frontrunner Walter Mondale.

February 28th marks thirty years since the 1984 New Hampshire presidential primary. The ’84 election is often overlooked today – mostly because the general election saw Republican President Ronald Reagan beat Democrat Walter Mondale in a landslide - and yet, the 1984 primary was fairly influential.

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From the Archives
10:18 am
Fri February 28, 2014

From The Archives: 1984 N.H. Primary

Vice President Walter Mondale

Today marks thirty years since the 1984 New Hampshire primary. It’s a contest not well remembered today – on the Republican side, President Ronald Reagan was running essentially unopposed, and the man who won the Democratic nomination, Walter Mondale, not only lost the New Hampshire primary, he lost the general election in a landslide.

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Word of Mouth
12:10 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Rethink 2014: Political Primaries

Credit Sara Plourde

Characterized by partisan gridlock, grandstanding and an unwillingness to compromise, the 113th Congress is well on its way to becoming the least productive legislature in American history. Elected officials increasingly hail from the ideological fringes of their respective parties, leaving little room for moderation, dialogue or consensus around even routine issues.  The march to the partisan battlelines -- some argue -- starts long before a candidate is sworn in. It begins during the primary, when extreme views draw audiences and media attention away from the moderate middle. Today, we’re prodding one of New Hampshire’s sacred cows by asking whether it’s time to dramatically reforming the way we do primaries.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed January 8, 2014

We Asked Listeners, "What If NH Didn't Host The First Presidential Primary?"

Credit Aaron Web via Flickr Creative Commons

Here's what you had to say:

"I'd feel like we'd become more insignificant than we already are."

"Wouldn't bother me at all."

"It would be a real blow to the economy and to the ego of the state... I think the nation would lose out if we didn't have the presidential primary anymore.

"[I would feel] less stressed."

"I'm not really into politics.  I probably wouldn't care."

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Word of Mouth
2:44 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Jon Huntsman On Civility In Politics, China Policy

From the early days of the 2012 primary, influential liberals referred to Jon Hunstman, U.S. Ambassador to China, and Singapore before that, as “the sane Republican”.  Huntsman’s foreign policy chops and statesmen-like manner were frequently cited during his brief run, often by the candidate himself.  

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Elections 2012
3:29 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Hassan's Win Powered By $11 Million In Outside Spending

Credit Paul Filippov

By the time her victory over Ovide Lamontagne in the 2012 governor's race was in the books, Maggie Hassan had raised more than $1.9 million in contributions from some 7,550 individual donors.

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North Country
4:25 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

North Country Republican Rep. Bulis Loses Seat In Recount

After a recount Thursday, Republican incumbent  Lyle “Rusty” Bulis lost his seat in Grafton District 1, to another Republican Ralph Doolan.

Both are from Littleton.

Originally Doolan lost to Bulis by two votes and sought the recount.

The recount had Doolan winning by four votes.

There are two seats in District 1, which includes Littleton and Bethlehem.

The other seat was taken by Linda Massimilla, a Democrat and novice politician from Littleton. She beat beat incumbent Bulis and Doolan on November 6.

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