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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Republican campaigns here Tuesday, takes aim at general election.
Mitt Romney will be back in New Hampshire on Tuesday for the first time since winning the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Romney will campaign at the Radisson/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester at 8 p.m. in an event called "A Better America Begins Tonight," according to Senior Adviser Jim Merrill. As Romney has marched around the country collecting delegates, the Obama for America re-election campaign in New Hampshire has coordinated several high-profile stops in the state, including Vice President Joe Biden this month in Exeter. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who has a second home on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, has put several New Hampshire campaign surrogates to work on his behalf. Former New Hampshire Gov. …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Mitt Romney wins six states, Rick Santorum three.
For a while on Tuesday night, it looked like Rick Santorum might pull off an upset in Ohio, knocking Mitt Romney down a peg and further muddling the race for the GOP nomination. But in the end, Romney was able to eke out a win in the Buckeye State. That gave him a total of six Super Tuesday victories, enough to remain the Republican frontrunner but not enough to seal the nomination. Romney also won in Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Virginia and Vermont. Santorum won Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota, with Newt Gingrich taking his home state of Georgia. Here's what some New Hampshire political observers had to say about the Super Tuesday results on Tuesday night, when the results from Ohio were still in doubt: Bedford Republican Stephen …
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 …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
While Paul supporters concentrate on their considerable ground game, Romney breaks out the big guns.
On Jan. 11, the day after New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation Primary, hundreds of Ron Paul supporters scoured Granite State roadways for campaign signs, which they collected and distributed to Vermont, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Maine. Because the Maine Caucuses followed the New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Nevada primaries, many local Paul supporters have made Vacationland their new stomping grounds, at least until the caucuses, which began this past Saturday and end on Feb. 11. So while the four remaining GOP contenders battle for votes in the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses and Missouri Primary today, Paul's New Hampshire people know that tomorrow Maine will become the center of political world and the four-day home …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
NH observers say Mitt Romney now "all but assured" of GOP nomination.
Though Newt Gingrich has vowed to stay in the race until the convention, local political observers say Mitt Romney has all but sewn up the GOP presidential nomination with his win in Tuesday's Florida Primary. Gingrich's win in South Carolina made the race a two-man fight, but Romney's big win in the Sunshine State means it's now his race to lose. Here's what some New Hampshire politicians and pundits had to say about Tuesday's result: Windham GOP Chairman Travis Blais: This is a huge win for Mitt Romney, in terms of delegates, momentum, and narrative. There's no way to spin it otherwise... Romney is going to have a big megaphone with lots of media attention in the coming weeks. He might devote some of that energy to building his positives…
Newt Gingrich projected to finish in second place.
Mitt Romney won the Florida Primary on Tuesday, earning the state's 50 delegates and distancing himself from Newt Gingrich as the Republican frontrunner for 2012. The Associated Press projected Romney's victory shortly after 8 p.m. when the final polls closed in Florida's Panhandle. Romney had taken more than 47 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Gingrich after returns from 38 percent of the polls were in. "It’s disappointing," said Land O' Lakes resident Kevin Sakser, who backed Gingrich in the race. Sakser believes the race was won on negative advertisements and money. "This has just proven to be a money election," he said. Despite the loss of his favored candidate, Sakser said he intends to support his party in the November election…
Thursday, January 26, 2012
It was the last debate before the Florida Primary.
The four remaining candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination went at it tonight in Florida in their last debate before that state's Primary. There were a lot of fireworks, bickering between the two front-runners, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, and even some thoughtful questions, like why would your wife make a good First Lady or whether or not Puerto Rico should be allowed to become a state. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul stuck to his principles about the Constitution and getting the United States out of foreign entanglements and former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum stressed his focus on manufacturing and ability to win Reagan Democrats. Latest polls have Romney leading heading into the Primary. So, …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Despite S.C. win, most in N.H. still favor Romney.
Despite his big win in South Carolina on Saturday, Newt Gingrich faces skepticism from grassroots Republican activists and officeholders, who increasingly prefer Mitt Romney as their first choice for the GOP presidential nomination. The latest Patch-Huffington Post Power Outsiders poll of 177 Republican influentials from the early voting states of New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Florida shows they prefer Romney to Gingrich by a 43 to 27 percent margin, followed by Rick Santorum (14 percent) and Ron Paul (9 percent). However, the preference for Romney is not uniform. He continues to receive the most backing in New Hampshire (62 percent), the state that gave him a lopsided primary victory two weeks ago, and is preferred by a near …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
NH observers say the GOP race is far from over.
After his strong showing in the New Hampshire Primary, most political observers assumed Mitt Romney would cruise to victory in South Carolina and on to the Republican presidential nomination. But someone forgot to tell Newt Gingrich that the nomination was already all sewn up. A series of strong debate performances this week helped propel him to a big win in the Palmetto State on Saturday. And that's left the GOP nomination more in question than at any point in the campaign. Many local observers still feel that Romney will be the eventual nominee, but Gingrich's win in South Carolina will definitely prolong the nomination process. Here's what some New Hampshire politicians and pundits had to say about Saturday's result: House Speaker Bill …