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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The View From New Hampshire

Here & Now was  in the Granite State Tuesday, stopping by polling stations in Concord, after our tour through the towns of Canterbury, Tilton and Manchester on primary eve.

Voters were telling us late into the night Monday that they were still undecided, and that this year feels different– both politics and weather wise. It’s unusually mild, and any primary drama has been more about who’s going to come in second than first.

Voters Concerned About Jobs

In Canterbury, we met an unemployed construction worker at the Canterbury Library who was using a computer to look for a part time job to last him until spring.

He said there are pockets of pain across the state.

“You can see it, it’s more prevalent in the north country and stuff. Most of the companies are outside and stuff, so it doesn’t seem like the money doesn’t stay in the community itself. It doesn’t really seem like anything is really staying here,” he said.

Last Minute Push From Supporters

Then there were the Ron Paul supporters, who came blazing into the parking lot of the Tilt’n Diner, Dave Brubeck blasting through the speakers as if it were rock and roll. They said they’d come from Maine, and though they can’t vote, they want to support their candidate in any way possible. Also at the Tilt’n Diner, we ran into a young woman who was picking up a job application for the position of hostess or waitress. She said she was supporting Perry, because she felt he had the strongest stance on jobs.

Guest:

  • Felice Belman, editor at the Concord Monitor
  • Dante Scala, political science associate professor at the University of New Hampshire

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