(WWLP) – The Clinton and Trump presidential campaigns are focusing on New Hampshire Friday; a New England state whose four electoral votes could be crucial on Tuesday.
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the Democratic candidate, is campaigning Friday morning in Keene, just over the state line from western Massachusetts. The Keene area and the Connecticut River Valley has traditionally been among the most strongly Democratic parts of the state. Democrats also traditionally do well in the state’s urban centers, as well as Strafford County, home to the University of New Hampshire.
Meanwhile, Republican Donald Trump will hold a noontime rally in Atkinson, which is just over the state line from Haverhill, Massachusetts. The more suburban southeastern part of the state is critically important for Republicans, who have carried the area in recent elections. Republicans also perform strongly in the “Lakes Region” of central New Hampshire.
The most recent polls show the race in New Hampshire at a dead heat. A UMass Lowell/WHDH poll released Thursday night show Clinton and Trump each tied with 44% of likely voters. A poll from radio station WBUR released the same day shows Trump leading Clinton in the Granite State by one point. That is a major switch from the summer, where Clinton led Trump in the WBUR poll by 15 points.
While five out of the six New England states haven’t gone “red” since at least 1988 (with Massachusetts and Rhode Island last going to the GOP in 1984), New Hampshire has been the exception. Republican George W. Bush carried the state in 2000, and while Democrats have won here since 2004, it has remained a swing state.
New Hampshire may not be the only New England state in play this year, however, as Trump has made multiple campaign stops in neighboring Maine. Clinton is expected to carry that state overall, but Maine allocates its four electoral votes in a different way than most states. Two of its four electoral votes go to the state’s overall winner, while the remaining two are divided based on the winner of each congressional district. Trump is hoping to pick up an electoral vote from the 2nd Congressional District, which includes the central and northern portions of the state.