2020 Primary

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Most presidential candidates have been in Iowa this week, just days out from that state's caucuses.

But a few are still focused on New Hampshire – including Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. The Democrat has been holding events almost daily for the past couple of weeks.

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              Thursday, February 6 at NHPR 

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John Delaney is ending his presidential campaign after pouring millions of his own money into the effort.

The former Maryland congressman is the longest-running Democratic candidate in the race, announcing his bid in July 2017.

But Delaney's early start did little to gain him an advantage in the race or raise his name recognition with Democratic primary voters.

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Each Friday until the N.H. primary on Feb. 11, The Exchange focuses on the latest news in the presidential race. The special N.H. Primary News Roundup features state and national reporters, sound from the campaign trail, and occasional appearances by candidates.

During the second half of the show Friday, Jan. 31,  NHPR interviews Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar from Washington, D.C., before she heads back to the Senate impeachment trial.  

Todd Bookman/NHPR

State Republicans last weekend elected grassroots activist Chris Ager to represent New Hampshire on the Republican National Committee.

Ager succeeds longtime party-insider Steve Duprey, who had the endorsement of Governor Chris Sununu. Duprey decided to step down immediately, allowing Ager to attend the national convention this summer.

Josh Rogers / NHPR

A core argument of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is that he's the most electable Democrat in the field. As Primary Day nears, Biden’s campaign is working to target the sorts of voters — older, moderate Democrats and independents — that he’ll need to fare well in New Hampshire and beyond.

Sarah Gibson / NHPR

Like many presidential campaigns, the campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren deploys lots of tools to try to educate and inform its volunteers. There are policy books, fliers, and, for the past four months in Concord, there's night school.

Jason Moon / NHPR

On a recent Saturday morning at a Bernie Sanders campaign office in Manchester, a group of about 20 volunteer canvassers received a pep talk from Nina Turner, a national co-chair for the Sanders campaign.

“Twitter is wonderful. Instagram is wonderful. Facebook, all of that social media stuff is wonderful. But we cannot win this election with that alone,” said Turner. "We need real people knocking on the doors of other real people and talking to them about what is at stake.”

Josh Rogers | NHPR

Democrat Joe Biden brought his presidential campaign to Claremont Friday, stressing his cultural affinities with voters in a city that voted Republican in 2016.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

New Hampshire is getting its first campaign rally of the 2020 campaign season from President Donald Trump, and it will be held on the eve of the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Trump's Republican reelection campaign on Thursday announced a Feb. 10 "Keep America Great" rally at the SNHU arena in Manchester.

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New Hampshire holds its presidential primary Feb. 11.

Dan Gorenstein, NHPR

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has long projected confidence about the security of the state’s elections. In the fall of 2016, as national security officials were warning state elections offices to “be vigilant and seek cybersecurity assistance” from federal partners, Gardner declined — saying New Hampshire didn’t need the extra help.

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

President Trump’s impeachment proceedings have only been before the U.S. Senate for one day, but with four senators running for president, they are already affecting life on the ground in early voting states like New Hampshire.

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In an interview Sunday with NHPR, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declined to elaborate on a dispute with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren that kicked off a broader debate this week over gender and electability. But Sanders did weigh in on the obstacles facing female candidates.

Sarah Gibson/NHPR

In their effort to woo voters before next month’s primary, Democratic Presidential candidates have come out with an array of policy plans, including ones to revitalize the rural United States. NHPR’s Sarah Gibson has been looking at what these plans might mean for rural New Hampshire and talking to voters about their concerns.

The Democratic National Committee has announced its criteria for the first debate to be held after voting begins in the 2020 presidential campaign, including a new pathway to the stage based off delegate pledges.

As they have before, qualifiers will need to meet polling and grassroots funding thresholds to participate in the Feb. 7 debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

But new for next month is a pathway centered around delegates.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

The Exchange sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, Jan. 19, before a live audience to discuss the Senator's views on Medicare for All, gun policy, foreign policy and other issues on voters' minds this election cycle. 

Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary by a large margin, finds himself in a close race for the 2020 contest. He was recently endorsed again by the SEA SEIU Local 1984, one of the largest labor unions in the Granite State. 

Sara Plourde; NHPR

This week we saw the latest, smallest, and whitest Democratic debate of the cycle. How'd it go? And with the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, who has the momentum, how are candidates ramping up their door-to-door campaigning, and where does the Senate impeachment trial fit in?

Original air date:  Friday, January 17, 2020

Sarah Gibson / NHPR

  Democratic presidential hopefuls are campaigning all over New Hampshire, and they’re spending a lot of time in areas once considered Republican strongholds. The candidates are hoping to capitalize on a demographic shift underway in rural New Hampshire that could have big political implications.

Allegra Boverman

N.H. Congresswoman Annie Kuster has endorsed Pete Buttigieg in his campaign for president, making her the highest-ranking elected official in the state to back a 2020 Democratic candidate.

If the last few Democratic presidential debates are any guide, tonight's will likely delve into health care proposals. Do voters know what we're talking about when we talk about various plans and concepts, including "Medicare for All?" Or any of the other health policy terms that get thrown around?

Pretty much no.

Michael Bennet, a Democratic presidential candidate, shared his campaign priorities during an interview Monday on NHPR's The Exchange.

Ahead of the interview, the Colorado senator was asked to give his "elevator pitch" on why voters should cast a ballot for him in 2020. Watch:

Lauren Chooljian/NHPR

Some of the Democratic candidates running for president this year are banking on a myth.

It’s a famous one: That New Hampshire gives little known candidates a real chance at the White House.

But in 2020, is there still any truth to that?

Rick Ganley / NHPR

Like many other New Hampshire communities, the city of Franklin has tried for decades to recover from a lost mill economy resulting in an aging population, struggling schools, and a downtown with lots of vacant storefronts.

The state’s smallest and one of its poorest cities has ambitious plans for growth, making it an appealing backdrop for candidates in the 2020 presidential primary race. 

But how well are these candidates, who are promising to restore the nation, addressing the issues that matter most to Franklin?

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

We begin our Jan. 13 show  with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado.  A former Superintendent of Schools in Denver and co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, with a keen interest also in immigration reform, Bennet is running on a platform that includes a public option for helath care, expanding tax credits for the middle class, and repairing the country's infrastructure.   

Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday he is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In an email to his supporters, Booker cited a number of reasons: most notably, a lack of money to continue.

"Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington," Booker wrote.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

An official representing a tiny New Hampshire community whose tradition of being among the first to cast ballots for president in primaries and the general election was endangered says it now has enough people to go ahead.

Tom Tillotson says Dixville Notch has a necessary fifth resident to vote in the first presidential primary on Feb. 11.

Dan Tuohy for NHPR

 

The former two-term Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, who filed for the New Hampshire primary a day before the deadline, says he felt the need to jump into the presidential race because he offers a different approach – and not just from President Trump.

 

“I've been concerned that we have been offering, and this is a gross generalization, but either nostalgia, meaning we'll just get rid of, as they say, President Trump and go back to doing what we used to do, which is not what we need right now,” Patrick said on The Exchange. “Or our version of anger and division instead of theirs, which I also think sort of misses the moment. And so I think there is still a path.”

 

(For the full conversation, visit here.)

 

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

The Exchange sits down with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday, January 19, at 11 a.m. before a live audience to discuss health care, the environment, conflict in the Middle East and more.  Although he calls himself a Democratic Socialist, Sanders caucuses with Democrats and is running for president as a Democratic candidate. Among his top issues: Medicare for All, the Green New Deal,  cancelling student debt, and taking on the "billionaire class."   

Dan Tuohy

Next Forum: Senator Bernie Sanders on January 19  

[THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. YOU CAN STILL LISTEN TO THE LIVE BROADCAST ON THE EXCHANGE SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 11 A.M., OR TO THE REBROADCAST MONDAY, JANUARY 20 AT 9 A.M. AND AGAIN AT 7 P.M.]

Daniela Allee / NHPR

On a rainy, grey Saturday in January, hundreds filled the gym at Stevens High School in Claremont to see one of the leading Democratic candidates, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

As volunteers handed out signs for people to wave and music blared, I walked around, looking for voters to talk with. 

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