New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
Be happy, New Hampshire residents, that you have a presidential primary.
More and more during this quadrennial presidential election cycle the weaknesses of the caucus system are becoming more apparent.
And look no further than next door Maine to see how bad it’s become.
It’s gotten so bad next door, according to a recent Associated Press article, that lawmakers there are…
Added by Paul Briand on May 10, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments
For the second time in six days GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney shared a stage with Granite State Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
No wonder the wags are running amok with speculation that the Republican first-term senator is on Romney’s short-list to be…
Added by Paul Briand on April 30, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
By Johnny Love
According to the latest fundraising data from OpenSecrets.org, Mitt Romney received 90% of his campaign contributions from large individual contributions. Barack Obama received 45% of his campaign contributions from small individual contributions.
Does this mean that Mitt Romney will be working for individuals who contributed large amounts of money?
New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is an important asset to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
But she’s not important enough to be his running mate.
Even as Romney has begun to look in earnest for a running mate, now…
Added by Paul Briand on April 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
When Mitt Romney won the 2012 presidential primary in New Hampshire, he was helped by independent voters who took a GOP ballot.
Of the undeclared voters who participated in the Republican presidential primary, 30 percent of them voted for the former Massachusetts governor. Thirty percent also went for the second place finisher, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul; and 27 percent went for third place finisher former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
With Romney the likely Republican nominee to…
Added by Paul Briand on April 10, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments
By Paul Briand
Question: What do Michael Dukakis, John Kerry and Mitt Romney have in common?
Answer: Overcome big odds to become president of the United States.
It didn’t happen for Dukakis in 1988, it didn’t happen for Kerry in 2004, and -- frankly -- it’s not likely to happen for Romney in 2012.
Not since John Kennedy has the Bay State produced a president of the United States.
Yes, yes … I’m way ahead of myself here. But…
Added by Paul Briand on April 3, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
By Henry Gekonde
There’s no doubt Mitt Romney has some special insights into how the economy works thanks to his background in business. But the former Massachusetts governor is exaggerating his economic credentials, and the nation’s editorial pages are letting him get away with his arrogant embellishments.
Repeating a refrain he’s been using a lot lately, Romney told a radio host in Illinois today, referring to GOP challenger Rick Santorum and President…Continue
Added by Henry Gekonde on March 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Ever heard of Wordle? It's a free tool to create word clouds. Paste in a block of text and Wordle will generate a cloud in which the words used most often are the biggest. The results are amusing as well as insightful; the visual representation can give you a look at what message was emphasized in the text.
So what better way to analyze the overarching message of the Republican presidential candidate stump speeches than to paste them into Wordle? Here are the results.…Continue
Primary day 2012 is nothing like primary day 2008.
Long lines greeted Democrats, Republicans and independents four years ago. Voters were able to breeze through their polling stations today.
A crush of sign-holding supporters greeted voters four years ago. In some locations today, there wasn’t a single sign holder to be found.
Those are some of the impressions after touring voting locations in the Seacoast region earlier today in Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton,…
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OK, look for that to register as the worst lead of the 2012 New Hampshire Primary Election season. But if you're still reading this, you'll be rewarded (or perhaps punished) with this blog post updated at various times throughout the day to bring you the rich pageantry that is the first-in-the-nation primary.
To start things off, if the…
Added by John F.J. Sullivan on January 10, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
With only a few days to go until the Republican Presidential Primary Election, GOP voters and pundits alike are looking to a new dark horse candidate's strong showing in Iowa, and a possible disruptive effect on the yearlong front-runner. They should prepare for disappointment.
A few months back, I wrote that ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is a lock in the…
Added by John F.J. Sullivan on January 6, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Here’s a candidate-by-candidate look at the effect the Iowa caucuses results will have next week in the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary.
Yes, he can say as a matter of fact that he won Iowa, and, yes, the former Massachusetts governor is sitting pretty to win in New Hampshire too.
But the dynamic of winning by only eight votes over Rick Santorum blunts his hoped-for mandate. The Iowa results continues to raise doubts about him…
Usually state delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions vote for Presidential nominees according to the result of their state primaries. But if no candidate receives a majority of delegate votes, the Party initiates a “brokered convention.”
According to the rules of a brokered convention, delegates are released from the obligation of voting according to the results of their state primaries. The Party then holds a series of re-votes until a candidate…Continue
Added by Anna Brown on December 29, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
You get the impression, if you saw the crowds at the Mitt Romney campaign events in Portsmouth and Londonderry this week, that it’s the former Massachusetts governor who’s surging in the two weeks leading up to the Jan. 10 presidential primary.
Forget Newt Gingrich. Forget Ron Paul. Forget Jon Huntsman and the rest of the GOP presidential contenders.
Despite some surges by each of them, Romney is the Republican with the greatest amount of mojo in the Granite State right…
Added by Paul Briand on December 28, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Photo (L to R): Tom Thomson endorses Gov. Mitt Romney at the Madison Lumber Mill with his brother Robb Thomson and the famous axe.
Boston, MA –Mitt Romney today announced the support of prominent New Hampshire conservative anti-tax activist Tom Thomson.…Continue
Added by Tom Thomson on December 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
A Raleigh, N.C., polling firm keeps former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the top of the heap in New Hampshire, but shows Texas Congressman Ron Paul in second place, a couple percentage points against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich among more than 1,200 likely voters in the Republican primary.
According to Public Policy Polling (which this week indicated that Paul now leads the pack for the Iowa Caucus), Romney has 35 percent of likely voters, Paul has 19 and Gingrich 13.…
Added by LFDA Editor on December 19, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Napolean had his Waterloo.
Does Mitt Romney have his New Hampshire?
Could we think the unthinkable: That Romney will actually lose the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary on Jan. 10 to Newt Gingrich?
Could he really snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?
Is it just as fatal if Romney wins New Hampshire, but only just beats Gingrich.
Not fulfilling political expectations of a big win can be just as damaging as losing…
Added by Paul Briand on December 14, 2011 at 2:41pm — No Comments
Today Americans for Prosperity (AFP) New Hampshire Honorary Chairman Tom Thomson is expressing his pride over the number of signatures received on the Presidential Pledge he authored titled, “My Pledge to the American People.” Thomson’s pledge has been signed by eight of the Republican presidential candidates.…Continue
Added by Tom Thomson on December 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Ron Paul is an enigma for the GOP establishment.
The Texas congressman’s libertarian views don’t often fit into the GOP narrative -- its round holes aren’t made for Paul’s square pegs.
Yet here is a Republican candidate for president who’s polled consistently well in the important early primary and caucus states, including here in New Hampshire.
He hasn’t had the enormous swings of fortune of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former…
Added by Paul Briand on December 1, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments
DURHAM, NH – Mitt Romney has increased his support among New Hampshire Republicans to 42%, while Newt Gingrich is the latest Republican to pull into a distant second place, according to information from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.
Still, the Survey Center says that 6 in 10 voters remain undecided about who they will eventually support. These findings are based on the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.…
Added by LFDA Editor on November 25, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments