Making sense of NH’s mixed election results

  • Photos by ELLA NILSEN / Monitor staff LEFT: A large Trump sign is seen is next to a stand selling holiday wreaths in Stewartstown. ABOVE RIGHT: Wanda Brown of Stewartstown clips pine branches to turn into holiday wreaths in her garage. Brown voted for Trump, though she said she didn’t like either presidential nominee. BELOW RIGHT: Pittsburg resident Ed Spirdione sits at the Buck Rub Pub on Friday. Spirdione is a fervent Trump supporter who said he was “ecstatic,” with his candidate’s win.

Published: 11/17/2016 12:36:07 PM
Bedford

This Republican suburb of Manchester, with median household incomes of about $123,000, showed less support for Trump than the other GOP candidates. Trump won the town with 51 percent, while Ayotte and Sununu won with 59 percent, a difference of more than 1,000 votes each. By comparison, in 2012, Mitt Romney won the town with 63 percent.

Belmont

The Belknap County town generally leans Republican. But in this election, it overwhelmingly supported Trump. In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney edged Obama 50-49. This year, Trump's margin over Clinton was nearly 2-to-1 (60 percent to 35 percent).

Berlin

In the Republican North Country, there’s the lonely liberal island of Berlin where average median household income is barely $30,000 a year. In 2012 and 2008, President Obama won the small city of 10,000 with 69 and 68 percent of voters, respectively. On Tuesday, the town went Democratic at the top of the ticket, but Clinton won with 50 percent of the vote, a far slimmer margin. 

Greenland

This small Seacoast town next to the Democratic stronghold of Portsmouth, leaned a little more left than it typically has with Clinton winning with 56 percent of the vote, more than Obama in 2012 or 2008, and John Kerry in 2004. But it also picked all winners in the state at the top of the ticket, including Clinton, Sununu, Hassan and Carol Shea-Porter.   

Newfields

This swanky little town in Rockingham County with a population of 1,700 is home to two statewide winners – Maggie Hassan and Chris Sununu. The state’s newest senator and governor both won their races in town. In 2008, Obama won here. In 2012, Romney did. This election, Clinton won with 53 percent.

Rochester

New Hampshire has always had an independent streak and this election 5.1 percent of voters chose Gary Johnson or Jill Stein at the top of the ticket. Those candidates did even better in Rochester where 732 voters went for Johnson and 134 chose Stein, for a total of 6.2 percent of ballots cast. Other smaller towns like Dixville Notch, Ellsworth and Dorchester, with just a few dozen voters, went even higher up the independent ladder with up to 14 percent of ballots cast, showing a distaste for the top two candidates.

Jonathan Van Fleet




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