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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (center) of Florida buys chocolate from Central Sweets Candy Shop owner Tom Charbono in Franklin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Hunting for the primary’s dollar impact amid Meals and Rooms Tax data

Friday, February 12, 2016

If there’s any place where spending due to the presidential primary will show up, it’s in the revenue reports used to calculate the state’s Meals and Rooms Tax. So that’s where the Monitor decided to look. We checked the revenue reported by hotels, motels and eateries throughout Merrimack County for the months surrounding the 2012 and 2008 primaries. Not enough …

How much money does the primary leave in its wake? Fewer than you think

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attention that New Hampshire gets from standing at the front of the presidential primary line is nice, but there’s another reason to put up with the endless pollster phone calls and traffic blocked by campaign events: Money. “Usually the first quarter of the year is the slower time for us. You come …

State AG’s office looks into claims of primary voter fraud

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attorney general’s office is investigating a series of undercover videos from an activist group that depict election workers telling out-of-state residents they can vote in New Hampshire if they sign an affidavit claiming they live here. The videos were released Wednesday by Project Veritas, the same conservative activist group behind a series of similar videos in 2012 that sparked a widespread debate …

Cruz says he accomplished the impossible

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ted Cruz told his supporters in Hollis on Tuesday night that they’d accomplished “the result that all of us were told was impossible” by placing a too-close-to-call third or fourth in the first-in-the-nation primary. “History repeated itself,” the …

Trump supporters pack into tiny venue to celebrate primary victory

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For a man with as large a checkbook and as outsized a personality as Donald Trump, he sure did pick a tiny venue to hold his primary watch party. Hundreds of supporters and national journalists poured into the …

Rubio blames poor primary showing on Saturday’s debate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Marco Rubio scored a disappointing fifth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, upending expectations that he would crack the top tier. The first-term Florida senator blamed the loss not on voters but on his poor performance in …

Jeb Bush tells N.H. supporters: ‘This campaign is not dead’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

As returns first started to come in Tuesday night, a subdued crowd of about 200 Jeb Bush supporters let out hardly a sound as Donald Trump was quickly declared the winner of the New Hampshire Republican primary. The …

Christie announces he’ll head home to regroup after primary

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

With songs like “Don’t Stop Believing” and “There Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” playing in the background of the Nashua Radisson Hotel room, Chris Christie supporters watched their candidate come in fifth place in the New Hampshire primary …

Fiorina vows to stay in race after weak N.H. showing

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Just five months ago, Carly Fiorina was near the top of the polls after succinctly counterpunching GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, earning her the loudest applause of any candidate during a televised debate. Since then, however, Fiorina’s numbers …

Blog: Inside the candidate parties, a look at the pulse of the primary

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

With early exit polls suggesting a strong finish for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, supporters on hand at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord were in an upbeat mood early Tuesday evening. Linda and Bob Maurer were among the …

Carson skips out on his own primary watch party in N.H.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Audie and Karina Hittle walked into an almost empty room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua. “Guess we’re early,” Audie said to Heidi the bartender, who was knitting a green blanket in …

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders declared winners in New Hampshire primary

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring the insistence of voters in both parties on shaking up American politics. While New …