New Hampshire

  1. Two years ago, Republicans swept Democrats into a minority in the state Senate and House of Representatives.  On Tuesday, voters propelled Democrats back into the majority in the House.

    It’s worth listening to this NPR podcast from last week on the divided politics in the state. 

  2. For the first time in history, one state will have a congressional delegation made up entirely of women, and one occupying the governor’s office as well.

    New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated opponent Ovide Lamontagne in the state race for governor, and Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster were elected to the state’s 1st and 2nd Congressional districts. 

    Shea-Porter and Kuster will join two other women who were not up for election on Tuesday, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R).

  3. Mitt Romney made a late campaign stop on Monday night at a raucous Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. But first, musician Kid Rock got the crowd riled up, performing for the capacity crowd of 10,000 before Romney took the stage.

    “I ask you to work and to vote for real change and to make that happen tomorrow,” Romney implored the crowd.

  4. Lines of voters flocked to the polls at the crack of dawn on Tuesday in Manchester, N.H. Among them was Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne (right) who posed with a supporter outside the St. Anthony Community Center in Manchester.
Instagram photo by Jake DeSchuiteneer

    Lines of voters flocked to the polls at the crack of dawn on Tuesday in Manchester, N.H. Among them was Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne (right) who posed with a supporter outside the St. Anthony Community Center in Manchester.

    Instagram photo by Jake DeSchuiteneer

  5. The tiny village of Dixville Notch, N.H. is one of a select few places where voters get to cast their ballot at the stroke of midnight on election day.  This year, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied among the village’s voters, with a count of five votes for each candidate.

    In 2008, Barack Obama carried Dixville Notch, defeating John McCain in a comparably huge voter turnout, 15 votes to six.

  6. President Obama was joined by former President Bill Clinton in Concord, New Hampshire on Sunday.  

    “As President Obama has told us there’s this great public health epidemic, this virus, sweeping across America causing a condition known as Romnesia,” Clinton told the crowd of about 14,000 gathered, “and the virus is so rampant that anybody’s vulnerable to gettin’ a little of it.”

  7. New Hampshire newspaper The Union Leader made an endorsement for Mitt Romney on Sunday, as well as N.H. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne in an editorial by Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid.

    "It is too often said, but this really is a very important election," McQuaid writes. "Nationally, we will have either four more years of deficit spending and government expansion under President Obama and Joe Biden, or at least the chance of restoring the economy and reining in the government under Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. We think the right choice is Romney-Ryan." 

  8. As election day draws ever nearer, new polls show President Obama ahead of opponent Mitt Romney in three battleground states: New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin.

    All three states are tightly contested, but New Hampshire’s race is perhaps the closest of them, with Obama holding a slim lead of 49 percent to 47 percent among likely voters.

  9. Both presidential candidates will be in New Hampshire during the last days before the election next Tuesday.

    President Obama will make a visit to New Hampshire on Sunday, one day before Mitt Romney visits the state on Monday night.

    The trip will be Obama’s seventh visit to New Hampshire this year.

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