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The Takeaway

What's in Store for the New Hampshire GOP Primary?

Monday, January 09, 2012

In Iowa, Mitt Romney just squeaked by, winning the state's caucus with an eight vote margin over former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum's late in the game surge from behind. But New Hampshire is a different ballgame. Romney, former Governor of neighboring Massachusetts has had a near hometown advantage in the Granite State. He has been leading in the polls for weeks and is not letting up heading into tomorrow's primary vote. 

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Opinion: Gingrich Feels Sting of SuperPACs

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Good luck, Newt. Pandora's Box of corporate money has been opened by the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, and all your rhetoric, offended posture and finger-wagging won't change anything. Romney's own millions are backed by millions more that have been given unfettered access to flood our elections.

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The Takeaway

Ron Paul's Youth Appeal

Friday, January 06, 2012

With neatly combed white hair, conservatively cut suits, and solid military service, Ron Paul may not seen like the fiery political outsider that all the kids are rallying around. But looking ahead to the New Hampshire primaries, pollster John Zogby says "Ron Paul gets 35 percent of Independents and 54 percent of 18 to 29 year olds." Many young voters in this age group are drawn to Paul's hard-line libertarian politics, particularly his anti-war stance.

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Opinion: Romney's Lead Isn't Safe in New Hampshire

Friday, January 06, 2012

New Hampshire poses a much bigger threat to the Republican Party's struggle to designate a Presidential nominee than we thought.

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After a Big Comeback in Iowa, What's Ahead for Santorum?

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Aside from only losing by eight votes, Rick Santorum's second-place status is even more remarkable given that he had remained near the bottom of polls for months. Displaying a momentum of interest the GOP field hasn't seen since Herman Cain, there's a good chance Santorum could overtake Romney in New Hampshire.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead to the New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Now that Iowa’s critical caucus is over, attention turns to the nation’s first primary. A predominately Republican state, New Hampshire primary has held many surprises in the past, such as John McCain's overwhelming victory over George W. Bush in 2000. Former Utah Governor John Hunstman has almost solely focused on New Hampshire over the past months, and spent Tuesday evening campaigning in the New England state instead of Iowa.

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Gingrich, the Firebrand Statesman

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You're looking less mouthy these days,” an elderly woman told Gingrich when he was signing books in Manchester, New Hampshire.

"You're right,” he said. “I'm working on that.”

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Romney Tries to Reassure New Hampshire Voters

Monday, December 12, 2011

After taking a week off to campaign and fundraise elsewhere, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney returned on Sunday to New Hampshire, the only early state where he still holds his lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Transportation Nation

"Harry and Louise" Promote Infrastructure Spending in New Hampshire Political Ad

Friday, December 02, 2011

The pro-infrastructure spending group, Building America's Future, is running an ad in New Hampshire in advance of next month's primary arguing for more spending on "roads and bridges." BAF is calling it "a substantial television ad to run through December 21," adding that it's spending more than seven of the nine presidential candidates. The New Hampshire primary is January 8.

The ad features the familiar issue-based formula of husband and wife arguing ask they drive through potholed streets.

"We don't need to spend more money on roads and bridges," Husband argues. In about 5 seconds Wife is able to convince him of the error of his ways but assuring him "earmarks" wouldn't get the money.

The ad is acknowledgment by pro-infrastructure groups that they've done a poor job of winning the meta-discussion on infrastructure spending. Since Barack Obama was elected President, the once-sacrosanct bipartisan consensus that infrastructure spending was, in general, a good thing, has seriously frayed.

None of the Republican candidates for president has offered as-of-yet a detailed plan on paying for infrastructure, though they've all endorsed serious reductions in government spending in general.

BAF has also formed bipartisan coalitions in New Hampshire and South Carolina to campaign for infrastructure spending in advance of early primaries in those states.

Spokeswoman Laura Braden said in an email: "The goal of both coalitions is to educate policymakers and voters on the importance of infrastructure investment and reform. They're participating in a mix of grassroots and media activities including events, opinion-editorials and media interviews. It's important to note that the states were chosen because of the early presidential primaries, which is causing considerable debate on policy issues and priorities – we want infrastructure to be in that discussion."

BAF was founded by former governors Arnold Schwartzenegger and Ed Rendell, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Opinion: Does Mitt Romney Have a Mormon Problem?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The burning question of whether Mitt Romney’s faith will be a liability in his quest for the 2012 Presidential nomination is plaguing Iowa pundits as we try to predict the GOP caucus in January.

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Opinion: Cain's Flukey Win in Iowa Poll Says More About GOP Shuffling

Monday, October 31, 2011

The latest Iowa Poll has 23 percent of likely caucusgoers saying Herman Cain is their first choice, with Mitt Romney trailing with an indistinguishable 22 percent. Romney gets the vote of just 10 percent of those who say they definitely plan to vote in the caucuses, while Cain has a ...

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Opinion: Axing NH and Iowa From the Calendar Would Mean LESS Democracy

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If another state moved to replace Iowa and New Hampshire at the top of the heap, the small, grassroots aspect of presidential selection will be discarded. Only candidates who come loaded with big money and a professional organization will have any chance.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Think NH Will Let Another State's Primary Go First? Think Again

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When will the primary and caucus season for 2012 officially start? Ask Bill Gardner, the Secretary of State of New Hampshire.

Gardner started his career in New Hampshire politics as a state representative, and was elected Secretary of State in 1976 by the state legislature and has remained in that ...

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N.H. Secretary of State Threatens to Move Primary to 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Political campaigners might get a break around the New Year, after all. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, New Hampshire's Secretary of State Bill Gardner threatened to hold the state’s key early primary in December.

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An Iowan Take on New Hampshire Debate: Bachmann Wins

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The night’s real stand-out was Michelle Bachmann, who took advantage of the debate spotlight to announce she is running for president. She clearly and surprisingly won the debate. Bachmann was energetic and has a way with words, making some of the other wannabes look limp. Her experience in Congress showed and made her more credible than her critics might want to admit, and certainly complicates things for Sarah Palin.

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A Vigorous Debate with No Ideas

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Their goal was to chase votes — even if that meant running from their signature achievements, their honest disagreements or their more interesting, nuanced approaches. None of them were interested in a challenging, provocative debate. None of them offered the Republican voter something new to consider. They all just tried to deliver voters exactly what they wanted.

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Huntsman Must Build a GOP Bid on NH Granite

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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For a moderate like Jon Huntsman, to have any kind of chance of winning the Republican nomination, a whole lot of things have to go for him. The more ideologically pure base has to split between at least two major rivals, a sizable portion of rank-and-file types have to be convinced that he is the best (or only) shot they have of defeating Obama in the general election, and he's got to rack up big wins in open primary states.

That last point is where the rubber hits the road, and if Huntsman, who also serves as the current U.S. ambassador to China, doesn't win big in the first open primary state, New Hampshire, his campaign might as well pack up and go home to Utah.

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The Elephant in the Room? Tea Partier to Lead NH GOP

Monday, January 24, 2011

On Saturday, political newcomer and Tea Party activist Jack Kimball was elected chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, adding new complexity to the 2012 presidential race—the first contest for the presidency with Tea in the mix—since all eyes will be on New Hampshire and its first-in-the-nation primary next January.

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