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Political news from New Hampshire Public Radio, from the State House to the First in the Nation Primary.

Sara Plourde, NHPR

This post has been updated to reflect final returns.

Sen. Bernie Sanders won the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary by little more than a single percentage point. That narrow victory is reflected in the town-by-town breakdown of the returns. If you look at how individual towns voted, some trends soon emerge. 

Allegra Boverman | NHPR

After a messy caucus in Iowa last week, the pressure was on for New Hampshire to avoid making any serious mistakes in Tuesday's presidential primary. And for the most part, it seems like New Hampshire succeeded.

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

Governor Chris Sununu delivered his 2020 State of the State address on Thursday. 

Bookmark this page for updates, including audio and text of the governor's address when they are available, news items, and more.

Watch the broadcast of NHPR's special coverage: 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Steve Stepanek called it “the big reveal.”

He paused for effect. He then donned a red Keep America Great ball cap and announced:

“I’ve been in the closet too long. I’m happy to be out, and I want all the other Trump supporters to come out of the closet and get out there and support and elect Donald Trump in New Hampshire and across this great country.”

Sam Evans-Brown/NHPR

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders scored his second consecutive win in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, with 26 percent of the vote. For his supporters, the victory felt both familiar and new.

Allegra Boverman | NHPR

The final days of the New Hampshire primary breathed new life into Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign.

Muddled results in Iowa and an attention-getting debate performance gave Klobuchar a big boost at just the right moment.

Speaking to an energized crowd at her election night party in Concord, Klobuchar thanked supporters for helping her land in third place among a crowded Democratic field.

“And tonight in New Hampshire, as everyone had counted us out, even a week ago - thank you pundits - I came back and we delivered,” she said to applause.

Josh Rogers | NHPR

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg finished in the top two spots in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary last night, beating out two candidates who had, at various times over the last year, looked like front-runners: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Now, their supporters are looking to move on from disappointing New Hampshire results.

Allegra Boverman | NHPR

Thousands of people went to the polls yesterday to vote in New Hampshire's first in the nation primary.

Charles Cooper wasn't one of them.

In the past few months, many of the candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination  have passed through the studios of New Hampshire Public Radio, on the top floor of an office building in Concord.

On their way to the elevator, they had to pass by the Pillsbury Cafe and Pantry, owned by Cooper and his wife Jill.

Annie Ropeik | NHPR

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang ended his campaign for the White House Tuesday night, soon after polls closed in New Hampshire.

To a cheering crowd in Manchester, Yang said he wouldn't keep taking donations for a race he couldn't win - but that his message on economic change has shaken up the race.

"This is the beginning - this movement is the future of American politics, this movement is the future of the Democratic party," he said.

Allegra Boverman | NHPR

It wasn’t just the election results in New Hampshire that were under the spotlight on Tuesday - it was also the process itself. That’s in large part because of what happened a little more than a week ago in Iowa, where that state’s Democratic caucus collapsed in spectacular fashion.

By all accounts, New Hampshire’s 6,000 local and state election officials - many of them elected by their own communities - helped pull off a relatively smooth Primary Day.

Sam Evans-Brown | NHPR

It's Primary Night in New Hampshire, and we'll be covering it live on this blog, and on NHPR's airwaves. Click the gallery above to see photos from NHPR's reporters and producers in the field.

CLICK HERE FOR REAL-TIME ELECTION RESULTS.

Annie Ropeik | NHPR

Ballots are being cast in the New Hampshire primary, the first-in-the-nation vote in the 2020 presidential election. NHPR's news team is covering polls and candidates across the state. Bookmark this page for coverage throughout the day.

After 7 p.m. click here for our Primary Night Live Blog.

Sean Hurley

18 year-old Elisabeth Roadcap is a senior at Milford High.  On Tuesday -- New Hampshire Primary Day -- she voted for the first time in a national election. NHPR’s Sean Hurley has followed Elisabeth’s effort to find a favorite candidate - and spoke with her three weeks ago, met with her again four days ago, and was with her today as she cast her very first vote.   

Editor's note: We highly recommend listening to this story

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Governor Chris Sununu on Monday vetoed a bill on net energy metering that was held over from last year's legislative session.

It’s his first veto of the 2020 session, on top of a record number in 2019.

The bipartisan bill was one of lawmakers' latest attempts to increase the limit on how much renewable energy towns and businesses can generate themselves and use to save money.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

It's the final stretch before the first primary ballots will be cast in New Hampshire, and candidates are crisscrossing the state to make their final case to voters here. Bookmark this page for updates on what the candidates are up to in these final days, what Granite State voters are saying, and more.

Note: Click here for Part 1 of our Primary Countdown Blog.

Click here for our Primary Day Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR REAL-TIME RESULTS AFTER THE POLLS CLOSE.

Todd Bookman / NHPR

Polls suggest Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has gained momentum in the final days leading up to the primary.

One of the senator's campaign stops Monday included a visit to the Rotary Club in Nashua.

Speaking to a room of about 200 with mixed political views, Klobuchar focused on her economic plans, education reforms and making immigration reform a priority.

While she touted herself as a pragmatist, she also pitched herself as someone who understood the challenges small business owners and others face day to day.

NHPR Staff

Four years ago, the dynamics of the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary were elemental. Voters were either in with establishment frontrunner Hillary Clinton, or they joined forces with the outsider, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. In the end, the “outs” had it: Sanders won in a landslide, sweeping every county in the state by double-digit margins.

This time, the map to victory in New Hampshire may be more complicated for Sanders and his wide array of competitors.

Allegra Boverman

The 2020 New Hampshire primary is Tuesday, Feb 11. Here's a primer on what you need to know before heading to the polls.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ closing argument in the New Hampshire Primary has been that, to defeat Donald Trump, Democrats need a candidate who can grow the base; someone who can bring out young voters and disaffected voters in historic numbers. In the final weekend before voting begins, that strategy was on full display.

Daniela Allee / NHPR

Sen. Amy Klobuchar spent the weekend crisscrossing New Hampshire, hoping to capitalize on what her campaign says is new interest from undecided voters.

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Tuesday is Primary Day in New Hampshire. If you're wondering where to cast a ballot in your community, scroll down for a map of New Hampshire polling places, or visit the Secretary of State's website to search by address.

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

It's the final stretch before the first primary ballots will be cast in New Hampshire, and candidates are crisscrossing the state to make their final case to voters here. Bookmark this page for updates on what the candidates are up to in these final days, what Granite State voters are saying, and more.

Click here for Part 2 of our Primary Countdown Blog.

Sarah Gibson/NHPR

At Saint Anselm College in Manchester Friday night, all eyes were on the Democratic presidential debate taking place inside a large campus auditorium. But outside was just as exciting. As the candidates prepared to go on stage, crowds of their supporters gathered at the campus’ main entrance to cheer, sing, wave signs, and more. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Amy Walter, host of WNYC's Politics with Amy Walter and National Editor of The Cook Political Report, offered her perspective on the New Hampshire presidential primary and 2020 politics during a special event Thursday at NHPR.

As the Democratic presidential candidates court voters before the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday, electability is on the mind of some. Walter said she was surprised to hear Joe Biden deliver that as part of his final pitch in Iowa, where he placed fourth. 

Democratic presidential candidates are debating for the final time before the New Hampshire presidential primary on Tuesday. The debate is from St. Anselm College in Manchester.

Follow along as the seven candidates debate - and visit NHPR's 2020 Primary Dashboard for more news on the first-in-the-nation primary,

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Rick Ganley / NHPR

We’re just days away from the New Hampshire primary, and candidates are making their final campaign stops here in the Granite State.

For voters who still haven’t decided who they’ll support on Tuesday, this is their last chance to see the candidates in person. So with days to go, what’s on their minds? 

Jesse Costa/WBUR

There are those that consider this the most consequential election in our nation’s history. On the line, nothing less than the county’s collective destiny. In other words, politics are deadly serious in 2020.

And yet, the candidates are out there telling jokes!

Allegra Boverman | NHPR

With just days left in her final campaign push in New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is trying to win over voters with a promise to unite the Democratic Party.

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The New Hampshire Senate has again passed a bill that would let qualified patients grow their own medical cannabis. The bill allows patients or designated caregivers to raise up to three mature marijuana plants at a time.

Tom Sherman, a Democrat from Rye, says approved patients can struggle to obtain cannabis.

You can’t outscroll them.

Political ads are bombarding social media in New Hampshire right now, as presidential candidates try to squeeze in as much digital facetime as they can in the lead up to Tuesday’s primary.

  

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