Thursday, February 23, 2012
Campaign managers talked about the state of the New Hampshire Primary.
It seems like so long ago, but New Hampshire was in the national spotlight in the presidential race last month. Campaign managers from the top six Republican presidential campaigns took a look back at the 2012 New Hampshire Primary in a forum discussion on Wednesday, moderated by WMUR's James Pindell. The panel was held Wednesday at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. It included Jim Merrill of the Mitt Romney campaign, Andrew Hemingway of the Newt Gingrich campaign, Jared Chicoine of the Ron Paul campaign, Mike Biundo of the Rick Santorum campaign, Kerry Marsh of the Rick Perry campaign, and Sarah Crawford Stewart of the Jon Huntsman campaign. Some of these campaign staffers disagreed on whether or not the …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Former NH campaign manager defends Rick Perry's bizarre NH Cornerstone Speech he made in October.
Rick Perry may be out of the race, but his former campaign manager is still defending the candidate's eyebrow-raising speech he made in New Hampshire last year. Many accused Perry of being drunk or on drugs during a speech he made to conservative group Cornerstone Action last October. (Watch highlights here). He denied being under the influence during the speech. Former New Hampshire campaign manager Kerry Marsh explained his actions at a panel hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Marsh said that Perry had just met with a small group of evangelical leaders and left on a religious "high" after speaking and praying with them. "That is his core; he holds God really close to him," she said. She said that …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
New Hampshire supporters of both Perry and Gingrich weigh in.
Just two days shy of the South Carolina Primary, Rick Perry has announced he's dropping out of the GOP race, and will endorse Newt Gingrich. In his remarks today, Perry characterized Gingrich as a "conservative visionary" who can "transform our country." "We have had our differences, which campaigns inevitably bring out. And Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?" Perry said. "I have no question Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement and the courage to tell the Washington interests to take a hike if it's what is best for the country." While Perry's exit came as no surprise to political observers, including UNH political science professor Dante Scala, it has …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
With the South Carolina Primary hanging in the balance, the five remaining Republican Presidential candidates jousted again on a big stage.
The first of two South Carolina GOP debates is now in the books and as the Republican Presidential candidates look forward to Thursday's debate, we want to know who you think came out on top Monday night. Please answer our poll below.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The GOP candidates' campaign headquarters are practically barren as the focus shifts to other states.
New Hampshire’s time in the political spotlight is over for now. The national media has moved on to South Carolina and Florida to cover the candidates as they campaign for the next victory. The campaigns have also shifted their focus and are pooling their resources into the future elections across the country. Volunteers who are still in New Hampshire can now only wait to see if their candidate earns the nomination before they go into action. Mitt Romney’s volunteers at his New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester are lying in wait for the next step, invigorated by his dominance in the New Hampshire Primary. “The attitude is of course ecstatic about the win last night, it was very exciting,” said Romney’s senior adviser for New Hampshire, …
While the actual number of voters who went to the polls was lower than in other NH communities, the results favored Mitt Romney.
Portsmouth has always been considered a Democratic Party stronghold and local election officials did not expect to see a great turnout. But those city voters who did go to the polls in the NH Primary still sent a strong message that they favored Mitt Romney on the Republican side and overwhelmingly favored President Barack Obama on the Democratic side. Here's a break down by ward how Portsmouth voted in the 2012 New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary. NH Republican Presidential Primary NH Democratic Presidential Primary Romney received 1,184 of the 4,832 ballots cast in the NH Primary, according to the Portsmouth City Clerk's office for 24.5 percent. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman managed to take second place with 688 votes, or 14.23…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Not all state officials were cheering "Mitt!" on Tuesday.
As Mitt Romney and his supporters filled the Southern New Hampshire University campus with cheers of approval Tuesday night, many state GOP officials said they were "puzzled" and upset at the former Massachusetts governor's early victory. Jack Kimball, the former head of the state GOP, said he was "not surprised" at the win, although he said that didn't stop the timing of the outcome — declared at 8 p.m. with only 9 percent of the precincts reporting — and the outcome itself from being a "disappointment." "It's not a healthy victory," said Kimball, a Newt Gingrich supporter. "There's still room here. Romney may have won here tonight, but it's not a healthy victory. He really didn't close a deal here yet. "If Mitt comes out with only a 10-…
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
After months of waiting, today's the big day – voting begins in the New Hampshire Primary. Patch will be live-blogging the primary all day, visiting the polls to talk with voters, supporters and ballot clerks, and covering the candidates as the results come in on Tuesday night. Follow along and see what's going on in your community, and add your comments and photos from the polls as well.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Here's what locals had to say about swaying undecideds a day before the primary.
Editor's Note: Primary Faces is a regular feature on those who make the New Hampshire Primary tick – you, the voter. There's one day left until Granite Staters cast their Republican and Democratic primary ballots, and like the Primary Faces column itself, indecision must come to a close. The conclusion of our Primary Faces video series takes a look at the ever-so-important final days before the primary and what local residents say will have the biggest impact on undecideds and Independents. The above video features an Independent from North Hampton and a Brentwood woman who was recently swayed by Mitt Romney's campaign. The individuals discuss some of the above points, as well as what other undecided and recently-decided voters must do now…
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Follow along and share your thoughts as the Republican candidates face off.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
This morning's GOP debate is being televised on "Meet The Press" on NBC stations nationwide.