The Fix: New Hampshire

Ted Cruz is going to New Hampshire. Will they like him?

Ted Cruz is going to New Hampshire. Will they like him?

Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) is the hottest commodity in Republican politics these days, winning rave reviews everywhere he goes on the I'm-not-announcing-anything-but-I-just-might-run-for-president tour.

Today, Cruz heads to New Hampshire to raise money for the state Republican Party. If history is any guide, the Granite State will pose the toughest test thus far for the Texas Republican's national ambitions.

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Rand Paul donates to New Hampshire GOP

Polls show Obama up in N.H., close races in Nevada and North Carolina

President Obama and Mitt Romney remained locked in tight contests in Nevada and North Carolina, but the incumbent leads by seven points in New Hampshire, according to new swing state polls from NBC News and Marist College.

The polls show Obama with a two-point edge in both Nevada and North Carolina, 49 percent to 47 percent in the former and 48 percent to 46 percent in the latter — both within the margin of error. In New Hampshire, he leads 51 percent to 44 percent.

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Lamontagne and Hassan win primaries in New Hampshire governor’s race

Updated at 10:10 p.m.

Former Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne (R) will face former state senator Maggie Hassen (D) in the open New Hampshire governor’s race after both sailed to primary wins Tuesday.

Lamontagne, an attorney who lost a 2010 Senate primary to now-Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and was also the state GOP’s gubernatorial nominee in 1996, easily dispatched former state representative Kevin Smith, taking 69 percent of the vote with 53 percent of precincts reporting.

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Polls: Tight races in North Carolina and New Hampshire; Michigan emerging as GOP target

President Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in tight races in three key states — Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina — according to new polling from NBC News and Marist College.

The three state-specific polls show Obama and Romney tied at 45 percent in New Hampshire, with Obama holding a small lead in the other two states. He leads 47 percent to 43 percent in Michigan and 46 percent to 44 percent in North Carolina.

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Mitt Romney doesn’t really have a Republican problem

Mitt Romney doesn’t really have a Republican problem

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is the undisputed frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination even as he continues to endure whispers that he is simply too moderate to win over a majority of the GOP.

Exit polling from Romney’s 16-point victory in New Hampshire tells a very different story, however.

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New Hampshire primary prediction contest: We have a winner!

On Tuesday, we asked you to predict the top three vote-getters in the New Hampshire primary and their final tallies.
Voting in the small northern New Hampshire town of Dixville. (Melina Mara - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Many of you correctly predicted that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would come in first, Texas Rep. Ron Paul would come in second and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman would come in third . Few of you predicted that Romney would perform as well as he did in the Granite State.

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5 takeaways from the New Hampshire primary

5 takeaways from the New Hampshire primary

One week after the Iowa caucuses were decided by just eight votes, the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night was a relatively drama-free affair.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney cruised to an expected victory . Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished a clear second, a blow to former Utah governor Jon Huntsman who had hoped to leapfrog the libertarian favorite. Neither former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum nor former House Speaker Newt Gingrich broke double digits.

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5 storylines to watch in the New Hampshire primary

5 storylines to watch in the New Hampshire primary

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Polls will close across New Hampshire in three hours time and we should start getting results (rubbing hands gleefully) shortly after that.

Need to while away the hours until the polls close and the Fix live chat goes, um, live? Us too! Below is a look at a few storylines to keep an eye on tonight as ballots get counted. Have storylines of your own we need to watch? The comments section awaits.

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Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire scorecard: primary results by town

Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire scorecard: primary results by town

MANCHESTER, N.H. — In a few short hours, we will start receiving the results of the 2012 New Hampshire GOP primary.

And as we did in Iowa, we here at The Fix have put together a handy little scorecard to track the results — particularly, Mitt Romney’s performance.

Below, we have assembled some key pieces of data in a Google spreadsheet, including how many Republican and independents voters come from each town (results in New Hampshire are tallied by town rather than by county) and what percentage of the vote Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) took in the state’s 2008 primary.

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New Hampshire primary: The Fix prediction contest!

Voters are voting in New Hampshire. And that means it’s time for another edition of the Fix prediction contest!


A resident reads over her ball ballots before the stoke of midnight when she can cast her voter in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, at The Balsams Grand Resort, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Dixville, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Here’s how it will work. In the comments section below, offer your prediction for the top three finishers (with percentages!) in New Hampshire. As a tiebreaker, we want your prediction on what total turnout will be for the Republican primary. (We are looking for a number like 200,000 or 275,000).

Predictions must be submitted in the comments section by 8 p.m. eastern time tonight, which is when the final polling places close in New Hampshire. At stake? An official Fix t-shirt. So think carefully before you make your prediction!

Get to it!

New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney and the expectations game

New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney and the expectations game

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is already busy playing the expectations game in today’s New Hampshire presidential primary.

“Oh I hope that we do well,” Romney told reporters in the Granite State this morning. “I note that if we get double the number of vote margins that we had in Iowa I’d feel terrific.” (Romney won Iowa by eight votes over former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. See what Mitt did there?)

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Can Mitt Romney lose in New Hampshire?

Can Mitt Romney lose in New Hampshire?

MANCHESTER, N.H. — We are about 24 hours away from the first votes being cast in New Hampshire, and we’ve got a pretty good idea about what’s going to happen. More specifically, Mitt Romney, barring a historic collapse, is going to win.

So what’s at stake Tuesday?

Here’s a little primer of what to watch out for.

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Chris Christie says Obama is faking anger

Chris Christie says Obama is faking anger

EXETER, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday called President Obama the “most pessimistic man I’ve ever seen” and said he is faking anger to win reelection.

Christie, appearing alongside GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at a high school here, accused the president of a cynical effort to redirect the anger of the American people by appearing angry himself.

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Why town hall protesters are helping Rick Santorum

Why town hall protesters are helping Rick Santorum

HOLLIS, N.H. – If you didn’t know better, you’d think Rick Santorum enjoys being grilled by protesters.

In fact, he probably does. And he should.

The former Pennsylvania senator has been inundated at his New Hampshire events with questions from unsympathetic voices in recent days, pressing him mostly on gay rights but also on issues like the separation of church and state. It started with an exchange at a college Thursday in which Santorum set about comparing the legalization of gay marriage to the legalization of polygamy.

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New Hampshire GOP debate(s): Winners and losers

New Hampshire GOP debate(s): Winners and losers

In the past twelve hours the six men running for the Republican presidential nomination have debated not once but twice.

We live-blogged both debates — the Saturday night set-to sponsored by ABC/WMUR and the “Meet the Press” debate this morning.

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“Meet the Press” debate: The live blog!

Less than 12 hours after the six men competing for the Republican presidential nomination concluded their last debate, they’ll be back at it again this morning at 9 am eastern time on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

We will be there — assuming our typing fingers can recover — documenting every moment of the festivities in our live blog. Never participated in a Fix live blog before? Think “Mystery Science Theater 3000” but for politics.

Come hang out. It’s like breakfast at Wimbledon — without the white shorts or the class.

Ron Paul-Newt Gingrich bad blood gets personal

Ron Paul-Newt Gingrich bad blood gets personal

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul engaged in a very personal exchange in Saturday night’s debate in which Paul criticized the former House speaker for not serving in the military.

Paul has repeatedly criticized Gingrich for taking a deferment during the Vietnam War, calling him a “chickenhawk” for having no problem sending young men to war despite his lack of service. And Gingrich took exception to it during the debate.

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New Hampshire debate: What to watch for

New Hampshire debate: What to watch for

The first Republican presidential debate of 2012 is just hours away — 9 p.m. on ABC (or WMUR if you are in New Hampshire) to be exact — and we are, admittedly, a little too excited.

Since the last time the GOP candidates shared a debate stage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich peaked too soon, Iowa voters, well, voted and one-time top-tier candidate Michele Bachmann ended her campaign. (Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted at doing the same but decided to stay in while on a run in Iowa. Not kidding — that really happened.)

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New Hampshire and the battle for second place

New Hampshire and the battle for second place

Mitt Romney is going to win the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday.

Talk to any semi-knowledgeable political operative in the state or look at any semi-decent poll on the race and that reality becomes clear within seconds.

Given that, the real race to watch in the Granite State is for second place — a battle that, according to conversations with a variety of operatives in the state, is likely to come down to two men: Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

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Globe endorses Huntsman, but Romney still bulletproof in New Hampshire

Globe endorses Huntsman, but Romney still bulletproof in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney’s lead in New Hampshire has been huge for the entire GOP presidential race, and it is showing no signs of abating.

In fact, it looks downright bulletproof — so much so that his hometown Boston Globe’s new endorsement of rival Jon Huntsman probably won’t have much of an effect.

Polling in the state shows that not only is Romney’s support wide — more than 40 percent of New Hampshire voters — but it’s also deep. In other words, Romney is their choice, and they’re sticking to him.

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Rick Santorum’s “beat Obama” problem

Rick Santorum’s “beat Obama” problem

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s near-victory in Tuesday Iowa caucuses have catapulted him into contention in the 2012 Republican presidential primary race.

But, dig into the Iowa exit poll and it’s clear that Santorum will have to solve a very basic perception problem if he is to wind up as the Republican nominee. That problem? Most Republicans don’t think he can beat President Obama next fall.

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The best New Hampshire tweeters: A Fix List

The best New Hampshire tweeters: A Fix List

Two weeks ago, we brought you our first official Fix List — the best political tweeters in Iowa. (Missed it? You can sign up to follow all of them with just one click.)

Now the caucuses are over and the New Hampshire primary is just five days away, so of course our second Fix List is the best New Hampshire tweeps.

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Does the New Hampshire primary matter?

Does the New Hampshire primary matter?

For months, the political world has debated whether the Iowa caucuses will matter when it comes to selecting the Republican presidential nominee. But, with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney now the frontrunner in tomorrow’s caucus vote, another question is worth asking: Will the New Hampshire primary matter?

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Huntsman gets assist on TV in New Hampshire, but could be too little, too late

Huntsman gets assist on TV in New Hampshire, but could be too little, too late

Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign is getting a little help on the airwaves in New Hampshire, as the candidate confronts a make-or-break moment in the state’s Jan. 10 primary.

But is it enough?

A super PAC supporting the former Utah governor is going up with a new TV ad that attacks Mitt Romney for being a “chameleon” who will say anything to get elected.

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Mitt Romney tries to make history in Iowa and New Hampshire

Mitt Romney tries to make history in Iowa and New Hampshire

If former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney can pull off back-to-back wins in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in the next 12 days, he will not only take a major step toward winning the Republican presidential nomination, but he’ll also write his name into the history books.

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll out Wednesday showed Romney leading Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in Iowa by a slim margin. The poll means Romney is now polling as the frontrunner in both of the two earliest states (he led Paul by 27 points in New Hampshire).

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What the Union Leader means for Newt Gingrich (and what it doesn’t)

What the Union Leader means for Newt Gingrich (and what it doesn’t)

The endorsement by the New Hampshire Union Leader of the presidential candidacy of Newt Gingrich provides the former House speaker with a boost in the Granite State and likely solidifies him as the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

“The endorsement gives Newt credibility with New Hampshire voters, and conservatives especially, just when he needs it most,” said Mike Dennehy, who managed the New Hampshire presidential campaigns for Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2000 and 2008. “As with McCain in ‘08, the [Union Leader] has brought to life the comeback for Newt Gingrich.”

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New Hampshire Union Leader endorses Gingrich

The New Hampshire Union Leader editorial board has endorsed Newt Gingrich, giving the already surging former House speaker another shot in the arm in the Republican presidential contest.

In an editorial published in print editions Sunday, the publisher of the state’s largest newspaper says Gingrich isn’t the perfect candidate, but that his ideas set him apart.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich greets supporters with his wife, Callista, at the Naples Hilton in Naples, Fla., on Friday. (AP Photo/Erik Kellar)

“We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing,” publisher Joe McQaid wrote.

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Mitt Romney: Unstoppable in New Hampshire?

Mitt Romney: Unstoppable in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire is at the center of the 2012 Republican presidential race today, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry travels to the state to formally file as a candidate for the first-in-the-nation primary and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul also make campaign stops in the state.

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New Hampshire and Nevada in standoff over presidential contests

New Hampshire and Nevada in standoff over presidential contests

Nevada’s Republican Party and New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner are in standoff over the dates of their respective presidential nominating contests.

Gardner issued a statement Wednesday afternoon urging Nevada to move its caucuses from the announced date of Jan. 14 to Jan. 17 — in order to allow New Hampshire to set its contest for Jan. 10 and avoid a December primary.

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Is there room for Christie in Iowa, New Hampshire?

Is there room for Christie in Iowa, New Hampshire?

Republican operatives and activists in the critical early states of Iowa and New Hampshire say the field in each state remain remarkably wide open, handing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a golden opportunity if he decides to pursue the GOP presidential nomination.

“Given the slow start to the campaign, even the newest entry to the race, [Texas Gov.] Rick Perry, has yet to spend a great deal of time in New Hampshire so a compelling figure like Governor Christie could make a big impact,” said Mike Dennehy, who directed Sen. John McCain’s 2000 and 2008 campaigns in the Granite State. “There is a sizable portion of elected officials and activists who have yet to sign on with a candidate but the time to influence them is rapidly closing because it doesn’t happen overnight.”

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New Hampshire governor won’t seek reelection

New Hampshire governor won’t seek reelection

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection in 2012, paving the way for what is expected to be a competitive open seat race.

Lynch, who in his fourth two-year term is already New Hampshire’s longest-serving governor, said the state needed to try somebody else.

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