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September 3, 2000 | Associated Press
New Hampshire International Speedway, the scene of two driver deaths this year, won't be changed when NASCAR returns in two weeks, and that isn't playing so well in the garage area. "We really are looking for something to happen," Rusty Wallace said Saturday. "I think that most every driver in this garage area will be totally blown away . . . if we go back to New Hampshire and those walls aren't lined with that Styrofoam."
January 9, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
With the smell of French toast and maple syrup heavy in the air, Jon Huntsman Jr. stopped by a diner here Monday and told patrons that while he was feeling some momentum, "We need some votes. " Sherry Thomas, 62, replied, "I'm a Democrat and I'm voting for you!" Thomas voted for President Obama in 2008, but is impressed by Huntsman's background as a Utah governor and ambassador to China. "He completely outshines everybody who's out there right now," said the Warner, N.H., resident.
December 17, 2007 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
Every four years, critics from across the country grouse about this tiny state's disproportionate influence on the presidential election. And it's hard to ignore the fact that New Hampshire, whose population is 96% white, does not look like a lot of the country when it comes to race and ethnicity. But it also isn't some pristine, untouched New England of your imagination, full of hidebound, Protestant Yankees, those mythic descendants of the early colonists from the British Isles.
February 13, 1988
Of more than passing interest is New York Times columnist William Safire's up-front support for the candidacy of Kemp. He says, "On economics, the Kemp supply-side commitment to cut taxes to stimulate growth is sincere. He's done it before with Kemp-Roth, and he can do it again as President." I agree . . . and approve. MICKEY ROONEY Los Angeles
February 20, 1996
After watching the Republican primary debate in New Hampshire Feb. 15, I offer these observations: Alan Keyes should enter the priesthood; Lamar Alexander can't stop walking--even when he is in front of a microphone; the tire manufacturer is definitely an outsider--possibly from Mars; Pat Buchanan has spent too much time on "Crossfire"; Steve Forbes is flat--like his tax; Dick Lugar is sincere and acted like a President Clinton plant; Bob Dole...
January 2, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
New Hampshire, at least for the moment, remains Mitt Romney country. As polls show no fewer than three candidates with a realistic chance of winning the Iowa caucuses Tuesday, a new Suffolk University survey in the nation's first primary state confirms the former Massachusetts governor's hearty advantage there. Romney has the support of 41% of likely Republican primary voters, 26 points ahead of the closest challenger, Ron Paul, more than a week before voting, the survey showed.
September 22, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah who has campaigned extensively in New Hampshire, has surged into third place among Republicans in the Granite State, according to the Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll of likely voters that also shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead. As the former governor of next-door Massachusetts, Romney has opened up a 27-point lead over his nearest rival, according to the poll released on Thursday. Romney also has a home in New Hampshire, which will have the nation's first presidential primary.
July 5, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Michele Bachmann, already a front-runner in the first caucus state of Iowa, is enjoying a boost in the first primary state of New Hampshire according to a new poll released Tuesday. Mitt Romney remains the prohibitive favorite in the Granite State, however, with 35% of likely Republican primary voters saying they'd back the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts. The University of New Hampshire survey found that Bachmann leapfrogged a host of Republicans in the weeks after she used the June 13 debate in the state to formally declare her candidacy, moving from 4% to 12%. That mirrors results from a Suffolk University/7NEWS poll released last week that also found Bachmann jumped 8 percentage points.
July 12, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Still flirting with another presidential run, Rudolph W. Giuliani is scheduled to make what an aide calls an "important trip" to New Hampshire aimed as much at convincing the former New York mayor to run as convincing the state's voters that he's the Republican with the best chance to win in 2012. A planned two-day visit beginning Thursday is designed to showcase Giuliani's potential strengths in the still-uncertain race for the GOP nomination. He is to meet with various Republican groups throughout the Granite State, and participate in discussions on healthcare reform, job creation and crime.
January 10, 2012 | By Paul West
No matter what happens in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, Mitt Romney should be grateful that his opponents didn't force him to play the expectations game. All available evidence suggests that Romney, with twice the support of his nearest rival in the latest polls, will roll to a solid victory. But a candidate can win and still fall short of expectations, dampening enthusiasm and giving rival campaigns encouragement for the next round of voting. That's why raising the bar for an opponent is a time-honored tactic in politics.
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