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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Hillary Clinton leads 2016, Kenneth Appel dies

FILE - This April 2, 2013 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressing the Vital Voices Global Partnership 2013 Global Leadership Awards gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Clinton is working on a memoir and policy book about her years with the Obama administration, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Thursday, April 4. The book is currently untitled and tentatively scheduled for June 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

FILE - This April 2, 2013 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressing the Vital Voices Global Partnership 2013 Global Leadership Awards gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Clinton is working on a memoir and policy book about her years with the Obama administration, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Thursday, April 4. The book is currently untitled and tentatively scheduled for June 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Is it 2016 yet?

After two polls in the Granite State were released last week, it seems one thing is clear. Hillary Clinton would take the N.H. Democratic primary if she ran. And it wouldn’t be close.

A poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-affiliated firm, released its poll on Thursday. According to it, if the Granite State’s primary election was today, Clinton get 68 percent of the Democratic vote. Joe Biden was a distant second with 12 percent.

And according to the WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by UNH, Hillary would get 61 percent against Biden’s 7 percent.

Clinton is so popular that there are reports that her potential competiors have already said they wouldn’t run if she decided to.

It’s fun to see such a small state have a huge impact on the national political scene – even if the election is three years away.

In other news:

∎ 21-year-old UNH student Alex Fusco reunited with the runner he helped save while he was volunteering at the Boston Marathon.

∎ Granite Stater Kenneth Appel, who is famous for his work with mathematics and computers, died in Dover over the weekend. He was 80.

∎ Hundreds came to honor the late Greenland police Chief Michael Maloney at the second annual Chief Maloney Unity Run and Walk in Portsmouth.

 The Emerald Ash Borer has invaded trees along the Merrimack River.

∎ Do you have plans this Mother’s Day? Time is running out to register for the 2nd Annual Mothers Day 3K on Sunday, May 12, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. An 11-year-old boy was the overall winner of the event last year.

 Downtown Durham is trying to cater to the gluten-free community.

∎ N.H. native Jeff Locke pitched seven shutout innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday to improve his record to 3-1 this season.

∎ The NHPTV Spring Auction starts tonight at 6.

∎ Have you voted for the 2013 Cappies yet?

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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