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
7:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Reporter's Notebook: The Political Neutrality Of The Mormon Church

Mitt Romney's candidacy makes the Mormon Church's political neutrality a tricky issue to navigate.
Credit ricketyUS / Flickr Creative Common

In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality.  It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature.  For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions.  It has deep religious and cultural roots.  After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.

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NH News
9:26 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Health Care On The Campaign Trail

Jobs and the economy continue to dominate on the campaign trail, from the national to the local level. But  government run health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare are also getting their fair share of attention. Major changes to both programs are potentially on the horizon.

With just over a week to go until the election, NHPR’s health reporter Todd Bookman has this overview of what’s at stake for Granite State voters. 

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Elections 2012
5:51 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Brendan Kelly

This week we’ve been talking about jobs and the economy with candidates in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

We wrap up the series with the Libertarian nominee, Seabrook selectman Brendan Kelly. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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Elections 2012
4:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Guinta And Shea-Porter Both Reading From The Same Playbook

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This time around in the first congressional district the names are the same but the roles are flipped; Republican Frank Guinta, once the challenger, is now the incumbent. But that’s not the only way this year’s race is like a mirror image of last election.

When Congressman Frank Guinta goes out knocking on the doors of independents in Manchester – his political backyard – most everybody knows who he is.

Guinta: Good Morning!

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Elections 2012
5:44 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Carol Shea-Porter

Carol Shea-Porter at a debate in 2010.
Cheryl Senter, NHPR

This week we’re talking about jobs and the economy with the candidates in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district. Today All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with Carol Shea-Porter, who served two terms in Congress and is once again the Democratic nominee in the district.

Elections 2012
4:54 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

On Jobs And The Economy: Frank Guinta

Frank Guinta on Election Night 2010.
Jason Meserve, NHPR

This week we continue our series on jobs and the economy by talking to the candidates in the 1st congressional district.

We start with the incumbent, Republican Frank Guinta of Manchester. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

Elections 2012
4:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

UNH Poll Points To Hassan Win In Gubernatorial Race, Democratic Majorities In House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.

This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”

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Word of Mouth
9:55 am
Tue October 23, 2012

The Politics of Philanthropy

Matthew Burpee via Flickr Creative Commons

Earlier this year, Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an initiative to invest billions of dollars into increasing contraceptive access for women.  Anybody with a mailbox or cable subscription knows it’s a somewhat risky move: whether we’re talking about contraceptives, abortion rights, or funding for Planned Parenthood, women’s issues have been front and center throughout the long election season.  We wanted to know more about the collision of philanthropy and politics, and take a general look at the state of philant

Elections 2012
9:03 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Fact-Checking the Debates

State races
7:24 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Breaking Down N.H. State Races

Analyst Dean Spiliotes talks with Morning Edition's Rick Ganley about some Granite State Senate races to watch this election season.

Elections 2012
9:26 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

WMUR/UNH Poll Finds Obama Holds Lead, Romney Lags With Women

UNH Survey Center / WMUR Granite State poll

The latest poll from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center shows President Obama maintaining a slight lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the Granite State.

UNH Pollster Andy Smith says the latest poll shows that there is still an enthusiasm gap, with more Republican voters feeling fired up about the election, but..

Smith: Obama has a 59 percent to 34 percent lead among women, Romney has a smaller lead among men, so the gender gap is there but advantaging the president right now.

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2nd CD Profile
7:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bass and Kuster Fight Rematch For 2nd District Congressional Seat

Congressman Charlie Bass is one of a handful of vulnerable incumbents this election cycle
Amanda Loder NHPR

If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice. 

In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes.  UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.

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NH News
3:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

McCain Stumps for Romney in N.H.

Peterborough Town Hall was the sight of John McCain’s final town hall meeting in the 2008 election.

Four years later, he told a small crowd that being back in town was a special feeling.

The Arizona Senator questioned President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East, citing the embassy attack in Libya.

We lost four brave Americans. There was ample warnings about the security deterioration. The President can say all the things he wants to, but facts are stubborn things.

All Things Considered
5:09 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hassan on "Innovate NH"

Maggie Hassan.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

We've been talking this week with the candidates for New Hampshire about jobs, and what they'd do to improve New Hampshire's economic picture.

In the third and final part of this week's series, NHPR's All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with the Democratic candidate, Maggie Hassan.

Elections 2012
5:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

John Babiarz On A Libertarian Approach to Job Growth

Libertarian candidate for governor John Babiarz at NHPR studios, October 16, 2012.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

This week we’re looking at jobs – specifically, what the candidates for New Hampshire governor would do about them. Today All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks to the Libertarian nominee, John Babiarz.

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