2020 Primary

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

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told more than 400 people who gathered at Manchester Community College on Saturday that her life experience informs policy goals like lifting the minimum wage, making education more affordable, and increasing inheritance taxes to pay for affordable housing.

Warren argued that the country needs leadership committed to ensuring that what she called "the rules," aren’t tilted to benefit the wealthy and well-connected.

“Rules matter, rules made in Washington matter, and that’s why I’m in this fight, that’s it.”

Meredith Nieman / WGBH

 

New Hampshire's Democratic Party says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at an annual dinner.

The party said in a news release Wednesday that Warren will speak at the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on Feb. 22 in Manchester.

Warren recently launched a presidential exploratory committee and visited Iowa, the leadoff caucus state. New Hampshire holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Warren campaigned for New Hampshire Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.

Robert Garrova for NHPR

Longshot 2020 presidential hopeful Andrew Yang thinks all Americans 18 and over need a raise, so much so that he’s basing his entire campaign on Universal Basic Income, or the idea that the government should provide a set amount of money to help cover the basics.

This year, Yang is testing his so-called Freedom Dividend with the Fassi family in Goffstown, New Hampshire, who will receive $1,000 a month for a year.

Robert Garrova / NHPR

 

Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro plans to visit New Hampshire, host of the nation's first presidential primary, after his expected announcement next weekend that he'll seek the Democratic nomination in 2020.

The 44-year-old ex-San Antonio mayor will be featured at a New England Council lecture series at Saint Anselm College in Manchester on Jan. 16.

Castro formed an exploratory campaign committee last month, and he's planning to announce his decision about the White House race on Jan. 12 in San Antonio.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

For months now, speculation has been growing about who will run in the Democratic and Republican Presidential primaries, fueled by politicians' visits to such states as New Hampshire and Iowa. The list of potential Democratic contenders appears long and  includes Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts.  Only a few Republicans who have made names for themselves as critics of President Trump appear on the list so far as possible opponents of Trump, including Ohio Governor John Kasich.  Join us for a preview of the 2020 primary contest. 


Allegra Boverman for NHPR

 

Two of Donald Trump's key New Hampshire supporters want the state Republican Party to endorse the president in the 2020 primary.

 

But after talking with Gov. Chris Sununu, they've decided not to press the issue anymore. 

 

Historically, both state parties stay out of primary elections. 

 

But Republicans -- state Rep. Fred Doucette and Bruce Breton -- wanted to change the rules.

 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

 

Go west, 2020 presidential candidates?

Early voting in California's primary will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. That could force the sprawling field of Democrats to navigate those states as well as California's notoriously complex landscape, where campaigning is done through paid political ads.

Casey McDermott

We’re still more than a year away from the official start of the 2020 presidential race, barring any schedule changes from the powers that set the date of New Hampshire’s “first-in-the-nation” presidential primary. But as more states move to expand early voting and absentee ballot options, New Hampshire's “first-in-the-nation” voters might be far from the first voters to cast ballots for president in 2020.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

An effort to put the New Hampshire Republican Party in President Donald Trump's corner ahead of the state's leadoff presidential primary is facing both private and public pushback.

The state party has a long tradition of not taking sides during primaries, even when a Republican is in the White House and running for re-election.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker may not yet be ready to commit to a 2020 presidential bid – even after spending the weekend taking selfies, holding meetings, and otherwise testing the waters in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

But at a rally celebrating New Hampshire Democrats’ midterm victories Saturday, state party Chairman Ray Buckley gave Booker the kind of introduction most presidential hopefuls can only dream of.

Todd Bookman/NHPR

The humble offices of the Rockingham County Democrats were packed with New Hampshire voters hoping for an early look at Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Sunday. The 37-year old congresswoman from Hawaii, who still serves in the National Guard, is reportedly one of many Democrats considering a presidential run in 2020.

Lauren Chooljian | NHPR

The midterm elections are just a few days away. New Hampshire voters will be choosing who they want for governor, both congressional districts and in all 424 legislative seats.

But with all the Democratic presidential hopefuls in town lately, it's starting to feel more like 2020 than 2018.

A new poll from UNH finds voters are already very interested in the 2020 presidential race.

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren are the candidates New Hampshire Democrats are most interested in right now, according to the Granite State Poll.

Among Republicans, 80 percent say they approve of President Trump's performance, but only 56 percent of likely GOP primary voters say they plan to vote for him.

Josh Rogers / NHPR

 

 

This was Michael Avenatti first visit to New Hampshire as a could-be presidential candidate. But when he showed up in rural Greenfield, in full L.A. trial lawyer at rest regalia - wearing Prada jeans, Louis Vuitton belt, form-fitting french blue shirt - it was clear his cable news ubiquity had paid off. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018

It's feeling a lot like primary season in New Hampshire, with two past, and possibly future, Presidential hopefuls making the rounds in the state.  The Internal Revenue Service also visits New Hampshire, examining state liquor sales.  And despite several high-profile animal abuse reports in the state, a bill to tighten breeding regulations gets pushback.

Lauren Chooljian / NHPR

  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.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018

In a visit to Manchester this week, President Trump discusses efforts to combat the opioid crisis and floats the idea of the death penalty for drug traffickers.  With the deadline for bills in the legislature to "crossover" from one chamber to the other, we look at which bills struggled, which sailed through, and what is still up for debate.  Plus,  a last-minute attempt to change the Granite State’s gun laws.

2020 Presidential Primary Preview

Mar 21, 2018

New Hampshire's "First in the Nation" presidential primaries are nearly two years away, but speculation has already begun.  If a Republican candidate challenges the president, it would be the first time in 25 years that a sitting president has faced a serious challenge from his own party.

AP | NPR

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is scheduled to speak Friday morning at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.

 

Flake will be the featured speaker at the “Politics and Eggs” forum hosted by the college. Past speakers have included President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

 

In an interview with NBC, Flake said he thinks Trump should be challenged during the 2020 Republican primary. But Flake has yet to announce a presidential run for himself.

 

Jason Moon for NHPR

Former Vice President Joe Biden joined New Hampshire Democrats Sunday night at the party’s annual 100 Club Dinner in Manchester. The event offered the party a chance to focus its energy in the wake of a bruising political year.

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