MANCHESTER, N.H. (WWLP) – In just about 24 hours, polls will open in New Hampshire for the state’s first-in-the-nation primary, and you can feel the excitement in the air. Wherever you go in New Hampshire, you see campaign signs, banners, and even people yelling out the candidate of their choice as you drive by.
People in New Hampshire really take their politics seriously and care about the issues. Candidates know they must work for each vote that they receive.
22News went to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College to show you something you likely won’t see anywhere else. We got a private tour of memorabilia from the long history of presidential campaigns focused on the state. In the video, you will see a rare poster for the presidential campaign of George Romney- father of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Political science professor Chris Galdieri told 22News that some candidates won’t spend too much time in the state if historically those regions vote for the other party and there’s no chance they’ll change their minds. It’s the undecided voters he said they are really after, and there are many of them this year- where no moderate Republican has risen to the top.
Galdieri said the way those people vote Tuesday could truly impact how the Massachusetts primary goes on March 1.
“If I were a Republican in Massachusetts, I’d be looking north and see ‘Well what are these Republicans in New Hampshire, who have a lot in common with…’ we are probably a bit more moderate, a bit less concerned with social issues than conservatives in a place like Iowa,” Galdieri said.
Candidates are slightly changing their message to appeal to these voters, and we are noticing campaign events everywhere we look.
22News reporter Kait Walsh is in New Hampshire, and will have live reports on 22News on the air, and an inside look from the campaign trail here on WWLP.com.