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New Hampshire’s top election official paid a visit – remotely – to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify against a sweeping Democratic election law bill backed by the state’s entire congressional delegation.

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A farmhouse in Millsfield believed to be the birthplace of New Hampshire's midnight voting tradition is among the newest additions to the state's register of historic places, the Division of Historical Resources announced Tuesday.

How Do Delegates Get Distributed?

Mar 9, 2020
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With the New Hampshire Primary and Super Tuesday now behind us, we explore the rules on how delegates are divided up following primary elections. We discuss what happens to a candidate's delegates if they drop out, how superdelegates decide who to vote for, and the impact this may have on each party's chosen nominee this summer.

Air date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020. 

N.H. Primary: What Happened & What's Next

Feb 12, 2020
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With Bernie Sanders claiming a slim margin of victory over Pete Buttigieg in last night's primary, and Amy Klobuchar notching a third place finish, we parse the numbers and trends from the N.H. primary with political reporters and analysts. As we reflect on N.H.'s moment in the limelight, we contemplate what's ahead in the presidential nominating process. 

Air date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020. 

NHPR has spent a lot of time recently exploring the fight to keep New Hampshire's first in the nation primary status, but on primary day, we focus on the New Hampshire races that made a big impact on national politics throughout history, and hear from listeners about their favorite primary memories. 

Air date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 

The N.H. Primary News Roundup: February 7, 2020

Feb 6, 2020

The 2020 presidential candidates are back in New Hampshire, following the Iowa caucus confusion that has yet to be fully resolved. Will those troubles cast a shadow over the Granite State?  What are the candidates focusing on in the remaining days before the primary?  We'll also preview the Democratic debate and President Trump's rally on Monday.

Air date: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

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NHPR's podcast about the New Hampshire primary, Stranglehold, held the mirror up to the media itself, and the role of local media in our first in the nation status. We talk about how the primary has impacted news rooms and reporters, and how those same newsrooms influence the election. 

Listen to the episode of Stranglehold: "The Newsroom."

Original air date: Thursday, February 6, 2020. 

The N.H. Primary News Roundup: January 24, 2020

Jan 24, 2020
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Sidelined by the impeachment trial this week, several Democratic presidential candidates are working on alternative ways to connect with voters, including sending out surrogates and planning satellite interviews and remote events over Skype.  

Air date: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

Where are all of these presidential candidates coming from?

If you've lived through a presidential primary in New Hampshire, you've probably wondered this at one point or another. But we also wondered where all of the candidates for president have come from, literally — in other words, what states are most popular for modern New Hampshire presidential primary candidates?

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If you follow New Hampshire politics, you’re probably familiar with the ritual of the midnight vote, where a handful of tiny, mostly rural towns stay up late to cast their ballots as soon as election day dawns.

And you would be forgiven for thinking all the credit for this tradition goes to Neil Tillotson, the bespectacled businessman who was so well known as the face of Dixville Notch’s nocturnal vote that he’s honored with his very own bobblehead at the New Hampshire Historical Society gift shop, complete with a ballot box and all.

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Candidates who've been campaigning in New Hampshire for months will find out this week when they'll be able to officially sign up for the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner says he will announce the dates of the 2020 filing period early this week. During the roughly 12-day period, candidates or their representatives sign paperwork in Gardner's office and pay $1,000 to get on the ballot.

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On Friday, April 26, The Exchange will interview Republican Bill Weld, the former Massachusetts Governor, who is running against President Trump in the Republican Presidential Primary in 2020. Submit your questions for Weld below.

Weld is the former Governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1991 to 1997, and he was the Libertarian Party's nominee for Vice President in the 2016 with Gary Johnson. 

2020 Candidate Conversation: U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Mar 21, 2019
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Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii declared her candidacy early this year, one of the first Democrats to do so in what has since become a crowded Primary field, with more candidates likely to jump in.  Gabbard is a Major in the Army National Guard and deployed twice to the Middle East.  She has called for a "sea change" in U.S. foreign policy and supports Medicare For All. 

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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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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.

Vandal Smashes Marker of Trump's N.H. Primary Win

Aug 10, 2018
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New Hampshire State Police say someone smashed a granite block inscribed with President Donald Trump's name early Friday.

The block is part of a display along the sidewalk outside the State Library that showcases winners of the New Hampshire presidential primary.

Trump's block was the last one in the line, right after Sen. Bernie Sander's, who won the Democratic presidential primary in 2016.

Police say the block was smashed and scattered on the grass and street. The vandalism occurred sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., according to the report.

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New York entrepreneur and 2020 presidential long shot Andrew Yang visited New Hampshire Wednesday to make stops at the True Brew Barista coffee shop in Concord and N.H. Democratic Party headquarters.

 

Yang is going all in on "Universal Basic Income" for his campaign. He says all Americans age 18-64 should get $1,000 a month from the government in order to stem the wealth gap and the effects of job loss from automation.

 

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  And just like that, it was primary season again in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

But does it really ever end?

Two past (and potentially present) presidential hopefuls, Martin O’Malley and John Kasich, made their way through the first-in-the-nation primary state Tuesday.

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Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake paid a visit to the state today to speak at Saint Anselm College’s “Politics and Eggs” series, which has long been a stop for presidential hopefuls.

 

At the event Flake said he hasn’t ruled out a 2020 campaign but that the odds were long. He’s been vocal about wanting someone to run against President Trump in the Republican primary though.

 

Flake had no shortage of barbs for Trump, calling out what he sees as chaos in the White House and attacks on the media.

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Before President Trump, candidates for the highest office in the country have disclosed some of their tax returns. There's currently no federal law requiring them to do so. Now one state lawmaker is considering crafting legislation that would require candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to be on the ballot in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

That lawmaker is Democratic Representative Suzanne Smith. She spoke earlier today with NHPR's Peter Biello.

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