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2020 Presidential Election

In the lead-up to Inauguration Day on January 20, turn to New Hampshire Public Radio for in-depth and insightful reporting, spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties.

Inauguration coverage on NHPR caps more than two years of reporting on the 2020 Presidential race, from the earliest days of potential national candidates exploring New Hampshire and considering runs for president, through a busy primary season and our state’s first-in-the-nation primary, to Election Day last November.

Hundreds of National Guard Troops inside the Capitol Visitor Center to reinforce security on Wednesday during the impeachment vote.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The past four years, from the Mueller investigation, the first impeachment of President Trump, and the discussions about presidential pardons, have demonstrated the complicated Constitutional questions of how a sitting President may be held accountable. After the House voted for a second time to impeach President Trump, we talk about what's next, as we near the transition of power. What do you think Congress should do next?

Air date: Thursday, January 14, 2021. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Earlier today, New Hampshire's electors officially cast their votes in the 2020 Presidential election. The electors cast four votes each for Joseph R. Biden for President of the United States and Kamala D. Harris for Vice President of the United States, in accordance with the popular vote in New Hampshire.

Update: The time of the speech has been moved forward to 7:30 p.m. This post has been edited to reflect the new time.

Updated at 9:37 a.m. ET

On Monday, 538 electors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will cast their votes for president, marking a key next step for Joe Biden as he gets closer to officially becoming the 46th president of the United States.

Supporters of President Trump protest at the New Hampshire State House, November 14, 2020
Dan Barrick / NHPR

As President Trump continues his refusal to concede to President-Elect Joe Biden or acknowledge his loss in his bid for re-election, his supporters protested the election results in several events this weekend in New Hampshire.

Although Joe Biden was declared president-elect on Saturday, the Biden and Trump campaigns are still fundraising, sending dueling requests to supporters for donations billed to boost support for their respective legal efforts. But the fine print of President Trump's solicitations paints a different picture.

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

The shake-up at the Pentagon continues after President Trump "terminated" Defense Secretary Mark Esper, replacing him with his counterterrorism chief, Christopher Miller, who was being briefed on issues and operations.

Three other top Pentagon officials have been replaced with Trump loyalists who have pushed conspiracy theories or who are hawkish on Iran. There are concerns such personnel changes could mean a more aggressive stance toward Iran before the president leaves office in the next 2 1/2 months.

President Trump made his first official public appearance since Election Day on Wednesday, observing Veterans Day in a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Trump, who is defying declarations that he lost his reelection bid, did not speak at the event.

The presidential election underscored deep divisions in U.S. society. After a contentious campaign season, Joe Biden is now the president-elect. But President Trump has not accepted the results, and he has pledged to fight in court and pursue recounts in some states.

So where does the country go from here? How do you think Americans can move forward as a nation? Are you doing anything personally to help overcome the discord? What are your hopes as we move forward with a new administration?

N.H. Responds to 2020 Presidential Election Results

Nov 8, 2020
Dan Tuohy for NHPR

After days of suspense awaiting results from Pennsylvania, a key battleground state with 20 electoral votes, the Associated Press and major news networks declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 presidential race on Saturday, Nov. 7. Biden has widened his electoral college lead since his victory in Pennsylvania. President Trump has so far refused to concede, asserting without evidence that the election was stolen. In a statement this weekend, Trump declared the election "far from over," promising more legal action. Several battleground states are headed for recounts.  Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have established a transition team and four major policy areas the incoming administration plans to prioritize.

Airdate: Nov. 9, 2020

In the hours before President Trump began to realize that he may not get to "Make America Great Again, Again," the former reality television star who stunned the world in 2016 with his improbable leap to the White House allowed for a moment of candor.

"You know, winning is easy. Losing is never easy. Not for me, it's not," Trump told reporters on Election Day, his voice hoarse from an unforgiving three-week marathon of rallies.

Now, the world is seeing just how difficult it is for a man who built his brand on winning to lose.

New Hampshire polling place
Sarah Gibson / NHPR

Scroll down for NPR election coverage and updates on the vote count. Visit NHPR's election live blog here, and subscribe here to get Primarily Politics, NHPR's politics newsletter.

Kevin Flynn

No matter how the Presidential race eventually turns out, it’s clear we’re a nation divided. We explore some philosophical questions about what that means for our future as a country and as individuals. How do we stay vigilant to misinformation in times of uncertainty, and how do we maintain trust in institutions that don't reflect our values? And given distrust in those whose politics we reject, how can we work on the nation's biggest challenges? 

Airdate: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020

Sean Hurley

We heard a lot on Election Day about crowds of voters waiting in long lines before polling places even opened.  There are the first voters....and then there are the last voters.  NHPR’s Sean Hurley spoke to three voters who just barely made it in before the polls closed in Plymouth.

A truck with a Trump sign parked outside Ward 5 in Concord Tuesday
Cori Princell for NHPR

Some New Hampshire voters say campaign paraphernalia at polling places is putting them on edge this election.

Moira Kilroy of Laconia says she saw everything from MAGA hats to a Trump-inspired pick-up truck blasting The Village People's 1970s hit "Y.M.C.A."

Get real-time N.H. election results after the polls close.

David Murray / via NHDES

Democrats describe themselves as the only party taking the threat of climate change seriously. And President Trump’s continued denial of climate science and rollbacks of environmental protections haven’t made it easy for Republicans to change that.

But some New Hampshire conservatives think their candidates could be doing more to run – and win – on climate change.

NHPR Staff

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire say political candidates who see voters as merely rural or urban are missing a big part of the story.

Supporters cheer for President Trump in Manchester Sunday.
Josh Rogers / NHPR

Recalling what he described as his “beautiful win” in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican Primary, President Trump told a raucous crowd at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Sunday that “we are going to keep it going” by winning on Election Day next week.

Jennifer Horn photo
Kelli True / NHPR

Of all the prominent Republicans declaring opposition to President Trump, Jennifer Horn is one of the most outspoken. The former chair of the New Hampshire GOP is co-founder of The Lincoln Project, which is dedicated to convincing Republicans to put, as they describe it, “country over party” and vote against Trump.

With less than two weeks until voting concludes, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face off for the final time in a debate on Thursday, likely marking Trump's last chance to reach a massive audience as he trails Biden in polls nationally and in key states.


As polls show Democrat Joe Biden with a strong lead over President Donald Trump in the New Hampshire three weeks from Election Day, the Biden campaign is touting its support from Republicans in the state.

The latest name on that list: former New Hampshire Attorney General and longtime Republican leader Tom Rath, who endorsed Biden on Monday.

Retired four-star Air Force Gen. Chuck Boyd is one of hundreds of military voices speaking out against President Trump this election. Late last month, Boyd, who fought in Vietnam and spent seven years there as a prisoner of war, joined nearly 500 national security leaders who endorsed Democrat Joe Biden.


It has been a rough couple of weeks for President Trump.

President Trump referred to California Sen. Kamala Harris as "this monster" in an interview on Thursday, a continuation of his pattern of attacking Black women with demeaning insults. The president has previously reserved the term "monster" for terrorists, murders and major natural disasters.

Democracy In Turmoil & Election Stress

Oct 5, 2020
Ted Eytan / Flickr

The U.S. presidential election is just four weeks away. There is confusion about the president's COVID-19 diagnosis and timeline, with a widening circle of advisors falling ill. The president has refused to commit to the peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, and impugned the electoral process, even as unprecedented numbers of voters are opting to use mail-in ballots. We examine the threats to American democracyand the role of the media in battling disinformation. Then we talk with the therapist who coined the term "election stress disorder." Symptoms include “irritability and resentment, covering up anxiety and a sense of powerlessness" and he has some suggestions for how to cope. Air date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

President Trump's medical team held a briefing with reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center again on Sunday.

The doctors said that since testing positive for the coronavirus, Trump has had two episodes of a drop in oxygen — one Friday morning before he went to the hospital and again on Saturday — and began a steroid treatment for that specifically.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Jill Biden campaigned in New Hampshire Friday, hours after President Trump announced he'd tested positive for COVID-19.

In Durham, where Biden met with an oyster farmer, reporters were asked to wear a second face mask and keep their social distance.

She watched oysters being shucked and she ate one harvested from the waters of Little Bay - not far from her feet.  “Did you guys bring beer?” she called out to reporters.

Analysis of the First 2020 Presidential Debate

Sep 29, 2020
Patrick Semansky/AP

We discuss the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden of the 2020 general election. Among the topics on the agenda, as chosen by moderator and anchor of "Fox News Sunday" Chris Wallace: the candidates' records, the economy, the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court, race and violence in cities, and the integrity of the election.   

Air date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, in the first of three presidential debates.

Here are the details:

When? Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET. (You can listen to the debate on NPR, and we'll have a livestream video online.)

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET

A New York Times investigation published on Sunday said that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes each year in 2016 and 2017, which the president denied at a news conference using a familiar retort: "fake news."

The Times cites Trump's long-sought-after tax returns, further reporting that he paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years as Trump reported massive losses to his businesses.