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October 18, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
MANCHESTER, N.H. - President Obama kicked off a renewed push for the Granite State's four electoral votes Thursday, cautioning the state's fiscally minded voters not to accept Mitt Romney's “sketchy deal.” The president's rally on a postcard fall afternoon in New Hampshire's biggest city was his first in the state since he campaigned here immediately after the Democratic National Convention. In the intervening weeks, he and his campaign have dedicated much of their energy toward states that have early voting, such as Iowa and Ohio.
January 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney is holding on to what seems like an insurmountable lead in New Hampshire a new poll finds, meaning any drama surrounding Tuesday's voting in the first presidential primary is likely to be about who claims runner-up status. In the final University of New Hampshire survey before the contest, Romney is the top choice of 41% of likely Republican primary voters, 24 points ahead of Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman are knotted at 11%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 8%. Rick Perry musters just 1% support.
October 10, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
New Hampshire is still Mitt Romney country, but Herman Cain is rising fast, according to two new surveys of Republican voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state. A poll released Monday from the Institutes of Politics at Harvard University and St. Anselm College shows Romney at 38%, followed by Cain at 20% and Ron Paul at 13%. Tightly bunched behind them are Newt Gingrich (5%), Jon Huntsman (4%), Rick Perry (4%) and Michele Bachmann (3%). A University of New Hampshire survey released on Friday found a similar order, but included some candidates who will not or have not yet entered the race.
October 15, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Her body has not been found, but an actor and martial-arts instructor was charged with second-degree murder Monday in the disappearance of New Hampshire college student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott. Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, is accused of either strangling or suffocating the 19-year-old marine biology student to death sometime after she disappeared after class last Tuesday night, according to charges read against Mazzaglia by a Dover District Court judge on Monday. How the authorities reached that conclusion is less clear, as searchers still haven't found her body, and investigators remained tight-lipped on what evidence led them to Mazzaglia.
November 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
There is a general-election feel to President Obama's trip to New Hampshire today, with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and state conservatives mobilizing to greet him on his first visit there in nearly two years.   Obama's trip is the latest in a string of visits to key swing states to sell his jobs program. Today he'll urge Congress to renew the payroll tax cut and provide new relief for small businesses. Romney, a former governor of neighboring Massachusetts who owns a home in the Granite State, is using the president's trip to launch his first paid advertising of the 2012 race (see video below)
October 28, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Thirty Republican candidates have filed to appear on the New Hampshire presidential ballot, a record number for the party in the nation's first primary state. Democrats, meanwhile, will have the fewest number of candidates to choose from in the 2012 vote: just 14. Still, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said in an interview as the filing period closed at 5 p.m. Friday that the 44 total candidates is the second-most ever in the history of the primary, the date of which he still has yet to announce.
November 4, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CONCORD, N.H. - President Obama's campaign isn't just nostalgic for 2008. As it blew through New Hampshire 48 hours from election day, it was pining for the '90s. Former President Bill Clinton, the only Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to be elected to the office twice, joined Obama on the stump for what would be only the second - but the last - time of the campaign. The two men with the short and choppy history focused narrowly on the future. “I'm not ready to give up on the fight,” Obama told the crowd as he asked for their vote one last time.
January 11, 2012 | By James Oliphant
Mitt Romney, to little surprise, won the New Hampshire primary. But what bodes well for the GOP presidential front-runner is how he did it. The candidate appeared to transcend what he termed "the bitter politics of envy" by demonstrating an exceptionally strong and wide base of support, according to exit poll data supplied by CNN. He received more votes than any other candidate from those who identified themselves as very conservative, from...
January 10, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Of the more than 300,000 ballots expected to be cast in New Hampshire today, a sizable portion will come from a rather narrow geographic range -- mostly south of Concord from the Vermont border to the coast. And yet in this small state there are enough regional distinctions that campaigns must be mindful of in mapping out their strategies. A statewide result may be called quickly tonight after all the polls close at 8 p.m., with Mitt Romney the expected winner. But in looking for how things will shake out in the competitive race for top also-ran, here's where to look for clues: PHOTOS: New Hampshire voters head to the polls 1)
January 5, 2012 | By Paul West
Fresh off a near-victory in Iowa's caucuses, Rick Santorum is forecasting a surge of support in New Hampshire. But he's also doing his best to keep expectations low. The former Pennsylvania senator, starting his first full day of New Hampshire campaigning since arriving in the Granite State late Wednesday, said his goal here -- and down the road when the GOP presidential contest heads South -- remains the same: He's out to solidify his position as...
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