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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Elections 2012
12:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Three Berlin Dems Easily Rebuff Challenger

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas – were all re-elected.

They defeated Republican challenger Eric Catman, who hoped to take one of the three seats.

With all the votes counted Coulombe had 2,940 votes; Theberge had 2,651 and Thomas had 2,426.

Catman was a distant fourth with 1,029, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Elections 2012
6:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters and Voices at the Polls

Ali Kuzmickas New Hampshire Public Radio

In case the profuse amount of “I Voted” stickers went unnoticed to you today, the first Tuesday in November is indeed upon us. Polling locations in Concord, New Hampshire teemed with signs and supporters providing some last minute rallying for their favorite candidates. Voters stood in line and braved the early morning chill to cast their vote at Wards 4 and 7. With them were Word of Mouth interns Bill Barry and Ali Kuzmickas.

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Elections 2012
5:32 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Look Back At Guinta's, Shea-Porter's Past Victories

Guinta and Shea-Porter have both won in the past. Here's a look at how those victories played out.
Credit NHPR / Sam Evans-Brown

This race is real bellwether for a number of reasons: the district itself demographically perfectly balanced between liberal and conservative voters, both candidates have held the seat before meaning they are more-or-less on equal footing in terms of name recognition, and both are party stalwarts have voted with their partys’ leadership high in 90th the percentile.

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Elections 2012
1:54 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

In Coos County, The Voters Are Coming

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

In the towns of Dalton and Whitefield in Coos County voting was heavy Tuesday morning.

Dalton Town Moderator Ann Craxton seemed quite pleased with the way things were going.

“The turnout for us has been very heavy. We have 540 registered voters. We have more than 50 that voting absentee and here by 10 o’clock in the morning we’ve already had 80 come through the polls.

Beyond that Craxton says the voters are an eager and happy bunch.

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Elections 2012
1:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

N.H. Elections Live Blog: News From The Camps

Credit Zach Nugent for NHPR

Concord, NH - Greenland, NH: Guinta and Shea-Porter

1:11 AM

The A.P.  has called CD 1 for Carol Shea-Porter.

12:20

With the other major races having been decided definitively for Democrats, the outcome of Congressional District 1 is still undecided. While supporters at Carol Shea-Porter's headquarters continue to celebrate, the Guinta camp has called it a night.

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1:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

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10:48 am
Tue November 6, 2012

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4:55 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

The Ballot Story: From Template to Tablet

Ballots fresh off the presses at Capital Offset company

Tomorrow its predicted that more than seven hundred thousand Granite Staters will be walking into town halls, school gymnasiums, and  church basements. And with pencils and pens, they will fill in their choice for everything from President to Selectman.  But have you ever wondered where all those ballots come from?  There’s one Concord-based company prints all of them, each election cycle and has been doing so for 30 years.  NHPR’s Keith Shields, took a tour and the facility and brings you this story.

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Elections 2012
3:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Live Blog: Battleground

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:11 pm

**Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**

A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.

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Word of Mouth
1:57 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

What Has Voters Talking

Credit betsythedevine via Flickr Creative Commons

Unprecedented spending by Super PACs has voters feeling deluged by 2012 campaign ads.

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Here's What's Awesome: Election Edition!

Today, it’s the election edition, and we’re going to be talking about some of our favorites memes, viral videos, and online trends of this presidential election cycle…it’s been a pretty endless one...

-So, let’s go back in time and talk about some of the early memes of this election…all the way back to the GOP primary…

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Elections 2012
11:09 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Question 2: Ballot Measure Would Give Lawmakers More Control Over Courts

For the third time in a decade, New Hampshire voters are being asked to approve a constitutional amendment that would give the legislature more power to regulate the Granite State's court system.

Question 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot would give lawmakers "concurrent power" with the state Supreme Court to establish judicial procedures, from how to file a lawsuit, to which cases are heard on appeal, to what evidence is admissible at trial.

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Elections 2012
6:47 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Big Name Republicans Work G.O.P. Voters In N.H.

Cindy McCain, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit Brian Wallstin

While President Obama stumped in Concord, a band of prominent Republicans traveled the state on behalf of Mitt Romney and gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.

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This American Life
3:43 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

478: Red State Blue State

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Politics have divided our country to the extent that the two sides not only disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they represent two different realities. This week we hear from people who are intimately familiar with this rift. They’ve lost friends. They’ve become estranged from family. They've watched civility cede to skirmishes. Our political civil war and its consequences: a special pre-election episode.

Prologue

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2nd CD Spot
7:30 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Bass, Kuster Square-Off Over DOMA

Friday night, St. Anselm College hosted the final debate between the candidates for the 2nd District congressional seat.  While abortion has been a signature social issue of the race, this time around, the candidates sparred on gay marriage.

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