2020 Primary

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

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Next Forum: Monday, October 28

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, is holding a series of forums with the presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums are open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.  

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Drug recovery centers first became a stop on the campaign trail in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, and they’re playing an especially important role this year, as presidential hopefuls unveil their plans to tackle the opioid crisis.

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In 2016, Steve Bullock won re-election as a Democrat in Montana, which is a state Donald Trump carried by 20 points.

He told the crowd who turned out to hear him in Manchester, at the Politics and Eggs speaking series, not to discount the need to appeal to voters who don't live on the coasts, people who live in places like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld outlined campaign priorities this week in The Exchange Candidate Forum. Before the main event, NHPR joined him in the building's lobby to continue our "Elevator Pitch" video series. 

The Republican presidential hopeful responded to NHPR's Lauren Chooljian during the forum that he's less of a long shot every day. On the way in, as the elevator door closed, we asked him to make his best pitch to New Hampshire voters for why he deserves their support.

Watch Weld's pitch to New Hampshire voters:

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As they face one of the largest presidential fields in generations, Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire are looking for ways to keep up with all the platforms and policy proposals. 

But for voters of all stripes, navigating the news is more complicated than ever before. Political attacks on news organizations have undermined faith in the press, and as a result, media organizations are often drawn into the political fight of the day. 

NHPR’s Daniela Allee talked with Democratic voters who are recalibrating the way they consume the news as they prepare for the primary. 

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GOP presidential candidate Bill Weld says climate change would have his full attention if he were to win the presidency, calling it one of his top two foreign policy concerns.  "That's an existential threat, not just to our country but to the planet."   

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In the first in our series of New Hampshire Primary 2020 Candidate Forums, we sit down before a live audience with Republican presidential contender William Weld to get his views on domestic and foreign policies. 

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The Democrats hoping to win their party’s nomination for president represent the most diverse field in history. Along with age, race, and sexual orientation, the candidates also come with a broad range of religious and spiritual beliefs. As they make their way across New Hampshire, some candidates are talking about those beliefs in ways Democrats usually don’t.

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New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has set the filing period for the 2020 presidential primary. The sign-up window is Oct. 30 to Nov. 15. 

During that period, candidates or their representatives sign paperwork in Gardiner's office and pay $1,000 to get on the ballot. The office won’t be open on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Gardner has not yet set a date for the primaries, but barring attempts by other states to leap ahead, he's expected to pick Feb. 11, eight days after the Iowa caucuses.

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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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The Exchange sits down with Bill Weld on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. before a live audience, to discuss the issues shaping the 2020 Primary. Weld served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. We want to hear from you.

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Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is touting a vision of "political revolution" familiar to many voters who supported him in the 2016 primary.

On Sunday, Sanders promised a crowd at Plymouth State University that he would combat climate change, cancel student debt, legalize marijuana and overhaul the healthcare system with Medicare-for-all.

“When you think big, we can make transformative change,” he said.

First Forum October 8 – with Bill Weld

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, will hold a series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums will be open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was back in New Hampshire today. He spoke at “Politics and Eggs” in Bedford, and he turned an event that’s typically on the staid end of the spectrum into something that at times sounded more like a campaign rally.

But afterward, when Booker spoke to reporters, he also confirmed that his campaign is teetering on the brink of financial viability. NHPR’s Josh Rogers joins me now to discuss that and this moment in the New Hampshire primary.

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As Congressional Democrats launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, many presidential candidates are voicing their support. But impeachment, so far, is getting mixed reactions from Democratic voters in New Hampshire.

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Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard may not have qualified for the most recent presidential debate. But there is a category where she is the Democratic primary’s undisputed frontrunner – campaign signs.

It’s a good sign when a voter takes the mic at a campaign stop to tell a candidate why they could vote for them. What Rob Darrell, an insurance broker from Bow, told Gabbard as she campaigned in Weare earlier this month, is far less common - that his support was triggered by a Gabbard campaign sign.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates.

Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but said he would support the eventual Democratic nominee "with energy."

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New Hampshire is heading into a busy election season, with municipal contests in November, and the first-in-the-nation presidential primary not far behind. This is the first election season since a new law went into effect that redefined the state’s residency standards.

Supporters have said that the law would bring clarity to New Hampshire’s voting rules, but it’s facing a court challenge from the ACLU and the New Hampshire Democratic Party, who say it will discourage otherwise qualified people from voting.

NPR's senior political editor discusses covering the current presidential primary,  the role of the media in political coverage and what makes this 2020 election season unique. How do reporters decide what to cover with such a large field of primary candidates? And voters, how are you keeping up...or are you checking out? 

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Hotel conference rooms can be suffocating, the type of places where energy and creativity get ground down, leaving permanent stains in the beige carpet. 

But the mood is very different, very alive at the Autumn Seacoast Psychic Fair, held inside the Hampton Inn in Exeter. 

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Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld laid out his climate change platform in New Hampshire this weekend, joining several Democrats who did the same in recent weeks.

The former Massachusetts governor wants to rejoin the Paris Climate agreement and make the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050.

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With New Hampshire well into the swing of the presidential primary season, a new podcast from NHPR explores how the state has kept hold of its first-in-the-nation primary status.

It's called Stranglehold, and the first episode is out now. It's called "The Guardian," and it examines the role of Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the man who's been called the "Guardian" of the New Hampshire primary for decades.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Stranglehold co-hosts Lauren Chooljian and Jack Rodolico about the new podcast, which will run right up to the 2020 presidential primary.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 13, 2019

Sep 12, 2019

We discuss how 2020 candidates fare in the third Democratic Presidential debate from a national, and Granite State, perspective.  Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts share the debate stage for the first time.  We check in on any progress in negotiations on the state budget.  And we take a closer look at the mounting pressure on leaders in Manchester to deal with a crisis of homelessness and addiction.  NHPR's Southern New Hampshire reporter Sarah Gibson is guest host.  

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Republican Bill Weld rolled out the steering committee for his primary challenge to President Trump Tuesday in Concord.

The former Massachussetts Governor has the backing of some old-line Republicans.

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New Hampshire Democrats — and 19 candidates seeking their party’s nomination for president — were in Manchester this weekend for the state Democratic Party convention. For attendees it was a chance to express their commitment to unseating President Trump. But it was also a chance for activists to consider — and reconsider — which sort of candidate might be most up to that task.

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New Hampshire Democrats – and nearly every candidate seeking their party’s nomination for president -- were in Manchester Saturday for the state Democratic convention.

Ruth Davis of Durham, who wore a button for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, said seeing so many candidates up close would prompt many voters, even ones who think they’ve made up their minds, to reassess the field.

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Almost all of the Democrats running for president will appear at the state party's convention in Manchester this weekend. But long before many of the candidates started showing up at conventions, cookouts and coffee shops, they’ve been steering money toward local Democratic committees and campaigns here in New Hampshire.

The Democratic National Committee has been putting pressure on the state of Iowa to make their caucus more accessible to voters.

This led Iowa officials to roll out a plan for a new virtual caucus. But the DNC confirmed last week it would reject the plan.

With changes to the Iowa caucus on the horizon, there are fears surrounding New Hampshire’s reaction, given the Granite State’s history of fiercely protecting its first-in-the-nation primary status.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 6, 2019

Sep 5, 2019

Students are back at school and we focus on education issues. The N.H. Supreme Court is asked once again to weigh in on school funding. In Concord, the school board considers a petition to remove two administrators for how they handled allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior by former teacher, Howie Leung.  We find out why the Manchester Police Department says it is losing confidence in Hillsborough County Attorney Michael Conlon.

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