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Another group declaring a primary victory: campaign finance reformers

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Activists for campaign finance reform saw Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary results as proof that years of working to shine a light on their issue is starting to pay off. A local reform group, the New Hampshire Rebellion, has hounded candidates and marched hundreds of miles across the state over the past two years “to make big money corruption the defining issue of the 2016 presidential primary,” the group wrote in a …

Trump and Sanders, two divergent candidates with a similar populist message

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In the beginning of Bernie Sanders’s campaign, he was often spotted in airports, flying coach and carrying his own bags. Donald Trump flew to nearly all his campaign stops in his own Boeing 757 jet, complete with 24 karat gold-plated seatbelts and gold silk walls and a full-sized bedroom. Up until he got …

No turnout record for primary, although GOP saw the most votes cast for that party

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Turnout fell short of a primary record Tuesday, with a total of 520,588 votes being cast, about 9,000 less than 2008, the last presidential primary with contested races for both major parties. According to tallies released Wednesday by the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office, the GOP race did set a record for that party, as 277,445 votes were cast for 30 candidates …

Jubilant Sanders greets supporters after primary win; Clinton vows to soldier on

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

At the end of Bernie Sanders’s victory speech Tuesday night, the senator from Vermont held up his hand to try to quiet the deafening roar from his supporters. All it did was make them louder. The Concord High …

Runaway pig, long line in Merrimack highlight day at the polls in N.H.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Plenty of things drew voters to polling places across New Hampshire on Tuesday, including a dose of extra cheese and pepperoni in Henniker. “I think it’s the pizza,” said Henniker Town Moderator Wayne Colby in mid-afternoon, pointing to …

Kasich gets major boost with second-place finish in N.H.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich swerved into the lead of the establishment lane of the Republican primary contest Tuesday night, finishing second to businessman Donald Trump. “There’s magic in the air with this campaign, because we don’t see it …

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 …