2020 Primary

NHPR's coverage of the 2020 first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary.

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The top strategist for Sen. Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign is working for a likely Republican challenger to President Donald Trump.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld told The Associated Press on Friday that Stuart Stevens is his general consultant as he explores a primary bid against Trump. Stevens joins former New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn, who is working as an adviser to Weld's possible campaign.

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Upper Valley residents packed Salt hill Pub in Lebanon Friday morning to see Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker.

He urged voters to not to get pulled apart by political divides. “The dream of America is in the balance right now,” he said. “Hate or love, what will we choose?”

He stressed policy priorities like education funding and reducing the cost of health care.

Booker's remarks at one point earned him a standing ovation from the crowd, but afterward many people in attendance said they hoped to hear more details in his remarks.

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NPR's Ron Elving helps us sort through this very large field of Democrats, with Beto O'Rourke, former U.S. Representative from Texas, among the latest to jump in.   We'll look at the issues the candidates are talking about and we'll explore their philosophical differences, as well as the narratives they're presenting to voters in New Hampshire. 


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The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' wife and son, is shutting down, at least for now, amid criticism that the nonprofit has blurred the lines between family, fundraising and campaigning.

The Vermont-based institute has stopped accepting donations and plans to suspend all operations by the end of May "so there could not even be an appearance of impropriety," Jane Sanders told The Associated Press.

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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke formally announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid.

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In the first legislative session after the midterm elections, New Hampshire, like other states, has introduced a number of measures to improve voting security, ballot access, and redistricting. What do voting-related bills in New Hampshire and nationwide say about the biggest concerns surrounding our election system?

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination back to New Hampshire this weekend. Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary in a blowout, told voters they could make good on the promise of his longshot run four years ago.

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Peter Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, made another stop in New Hampshire Friday as he contemplates a 2020 presidential campaign.

 

He told the crowd at St. Anselm College’s Politics and Eggs that issues like climate change are personal for him as a millennial. At 37, he's possibly the youngest candidate in a crowded field of Democrats. 

 

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New Hampshire has been good to Bernie Sanders, delivering him a 22-point victory in 2016 that was one of his biggest blowouts that year. But as he launches his second campaign for the presidency, there are early signs that he doesn't have a lock on the nation's first primary.

More than a half-dozen Democratic leaders, activists and lawmakers who endorsed the Vermont senator in 2016 said they were hesitant to do so again.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is inching closer to jumping into the 2020 presidential race, saying Tuesday that his family is behind another run for the White House.

"The first hurdle for me was deciding whether or not I am comfortable taking the family through what would be a very, very, very difficult campaign," Biden said during an interview with presidential historian Jon Meacham at the University of Delaware.

Robert Garrova

Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell of California is the latest in a series of potential Democratic presidential candidates to visit New Hampshire.

Speaking at St. Anselm College's Politics and Eggs yesterday, Swalwell's main focus was the economy. Namely that its booming on several measures, but, "That's not the economy,” he said. “The economy is you. How you're doing. Whether you have enough to save to buy a home. Whether you can survive a thousand dollar unexpected emergency."

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar brought her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to New Hampshire this past weekend, where she stressed the need to address issues ranging from economic inequality to health care and climate change.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 22, 2019

Feb 22, 2019

With at least seven Democratic presidential candidates - and one Republican - showing up in New Hampshire recently, it's hard to tell the 2020 primary is a year away. Political observers are remarking on the number of candidate visits to the state as well as the crowds in N.H. at candidate events and are wondering how long the early energy can last. How many house parties or town halls have you attended so far?  We take the entire hour to look at the field and get a sense of emerging themes.

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Marianne Williamson, a best-selling spiritual author and lecturer, continued her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination with a stop in Exeter on Wednesday evening.

The Texas-born candidate spoke in front of a standing room-only crowd inside Water Street Books, where her own works are stocked in the “Inspiration” section of the shop.

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A handful of potential and declared 2020 presidential candidates are spending Presidents Day Weekend criss-crossing New Hampshire.

NHPR's reporters are on the trail, and filed these reports.

Note: Bookmark this page for more news from candidate events through the weekend  

Sen. Cory Booker is among several Democratic presidential contenders who back universal health insurance coverage, but he's acknowledging that compromise may be necessary to get major health care legislation through the Senate.

Booker told voters in New Hampshire on Saturday there are a "lot of pathways" to achieving the increasingly popular Democratic goal. He said supporters of so-called Medicare for All are "going to have to find ways to advance the ball given the Congress that we have."

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  President Donald Trump might have a Republican challenger in 2020.

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld was in New Hampshire to announce he has launched a presidential exploratory committee. He’s the first Republican to throw a hat at least close to the 2020 ring.

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Former Colorado Governor -- and possible Democratic presidential candidate -- John Hickenlooper made a stop at New England College Thursday for a town hall session with students and local voters.

 

The former geologist touted what he sees as his accomplishments in Colorado, including stricter gun laws, and regulations that reduce methane emissions.

 

When it comes to the Green New Deal, progressives' plan to combat climate change,  Hickenlooper said he doesn't know all the details, but likes the notion.

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Democrat Sherrod Brown spend most of his weekend in New Hampshire. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the Ohio Senator, who is positioning himself for presidential run, found receptive audiences across the state.

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Once every four years, for a brief moment, it seems the whole world turns its eyes to Dixville Notch.

Since 1960, voters in this tiny Coos County community have been casting their ballots just after the stroke of midnight to mark the official start of the New Hampshire presidential primary.

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Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone."

In N.H., Sherrod Brown Calls For 'Pro-family' Workplaces

Feb 9, 2019
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Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is in New Hampshire for the weekend as he explores a potential 2020 presidential bid while trying to set himself apart with his broad appeal to the working class.

The Ohio senator spoke Friday at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton with five other panelists and an audience of about 50 people.

Brown expressed his strong support for paid family medical leave, higher wages, better benefits, better workplace rules and what he called a "pro-family" workplace.

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In the first full month of her presidential campaign, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is planning a tour of the nation's four early-voting states.

Harris' schedule announced Tuesday includes two days each in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada, states where support will be key to building momentum in a crowded 2020 Democratic field.

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California Congressman Adam Schiff, one of President Trump's most prominent critics on Capitol Hill, spoke at Politics and Eggs at Bedford Village Inn.

Schiff spoke at length about the dangers of authoritarianism, and the effect social media has on politics. But when the question about his plans for 2020 was put to the congressman, he was blunt.

"I'm not running."

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 1, 2019

Feb 1, 2019

The N.H. Republican Party gets a new leader, who's now charged with building up the party's bank account. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announces she'll seek a third term.  We check out who's already on the campaign trail in the Granite State for the first in the nation presidential primary, and who will sit this one out.  And we get some insight into Sunday's Superbowl LIII from the Nashua Telegraph's Tom King, who is covering his tenth Superbowl.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is the latest Democrat to enter the increasingly crowded race for the White House, making the initial announcement with a message of unity.

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Democrats hoping for – or at least intrigued by – a potential Presidential run by former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke gathered in Concord  Wednesday.

The Draft Beto campaign launched on the heels of O’Rourke’s loss to Ted Cruz in a Texas U.S. Senate race. The loss was closer than expected. O’Rourke’s message of uplift and his social media skill helped him raise  $78 million.

In the spring of 2015, before Bernie Sanders had a campaign office in New Hampshire, Elizabeth Ropp, an acupuncturist, was making homemade signs for the Vermont senator.

"Bernie inspired me because as somebody who's lived without health insurance for most of my adult life, I want there to be a single-payer health care system," she said.

She was disappointed Sanders wasn't the nominee and is convinced that if he had been, Donald Trump would not be president.

"I want to see Bernie run again in 2020," said Ropp. "We need Bernie to run even if the field is crowded."

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In Manchester, New Hampshire, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg told a packed room at St. Anselm College that President Trump was a failure in business and is a failure in government.

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Presidential candidates in New Hampshire are being given a chance to discuss their vision and plans for the advancement of civil rights in a new speaker series.

The ACLU of New Hampshire and the Warren B. Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire School of law are co-hosting "Civil Liberties and the Presidency."

The first candidate will be former Maryland Democratic Rep. John Delaney on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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