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Political Monitor podcast: With big wins for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, what’s next?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Monitor staffers Ray Duckler, Jon Van Fleet and Clay Wirestone pick up the pieces after a wild and crazy New Hampshire primary. Where do we go from here, you ask? How about South Carolina? …

Political Monitor quiz for Feb. 12: The results are in edition

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bernie! Donald! It was a night of high excitement Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans doing what the pollsters had dared them to -- pick the outsider candidates by big margins. But there were other stories and bits of trivia, including the implosion of one Marco Rubio. …

Hassan, Ayotte continue to spar over People’s Pledge

Friday, February 12, 2016

Democrat Maggie Hassan is raising the stakes in the debate over how to limit outside spending in her U.S. Senate race against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte. But rather than sign the so-called People’s Pledge to limit outside spending in the race as Ayotte urged, Hassan sent back a different pledge Friday, including a …

Ray Duckler: How Hillary Clinton lost New Hampshire in eight years

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Granite Staters announced Tuesday night that they believe in Santa Claus. Robin Hood, too. Bernie Sanders, perceived as a politician who gift wraps idealism and robs from the rich to give to the poor, won the state’s hearts …

Trump proves his lasting power with win in N.H.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The throng of Donald Trump supporters hadn’t even finished pouring into the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester on Tuesday night when they heard the news: the billionaire businessman, whose unorthodox presidential bid has upturned the Republican Party, …

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 …