Factors influencing swing voters in New Hampshire
Which way is the Granite State leaning?
- Duration 4:44
- Date Sep 6, 2012
Which way is the Granite State leaning?
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The election headquarters we're taking a close look at the battleground states that could decide this very close race for the White House today.
Taken a look at New Hampshire.
Folks in the granite state have picked the winner in seven of the last eight presidential elections.
Showing their independence streak in the last four elections they've gone Republican four times.
Democrat four times.
The state of New Hampshire if you look at some of the statistics the state of New Hampshire has four electoral votes.
But those four electoral votes could be pivotal that this time around.
And that's why the two campaigns are fighting so hard to win New Hampshire.
Unemployment looking pretty good in New Hampshire a rate of five point 4%.
Much better than the national average.
If you look at the visits President Obama has been there twice Mitt Romney eight times he has sometimes combined vacations.
At his lake house there with some campaigning.
And of course he was the governor of neighboring Massachusetts so he has some history in that state looking at the polls.
48 point 3% is the real clear politics average.
In -- New Hampshire for the president 44 point 8%.
Four Mitt Romney drew cline is the editorial page editor for the union leader newspaper.
Those poll numbers -- those seen accurate TU.
Yeah roughly a -- think that Obama you you had a pretty big lead New Hampshire late last year.
He hit his popularity has dropped his job performance is dropped people -- -- Mitt Romney.
A much closer look than they did before.
And you know they're given should say Obama's opponent.
A close look now that he has an opponent hit so.
You know it's close in New Hampshire and -- the polls suggest that bears.
You know 34 points difference right now there's actually UNH conducting a poll in the field right now as we speak it will be out next -- -- amusing -- -- You know how how that shapes up.
Yeah I grew accustomed to the New Hampshire being you know -- politically involved in the early stages of a campaign because it's that first in the nation primary.
But I don't recall it being such a crucial battleground state this late in the process.
And it is my memory failing or is this an unusual year for New Hampshire.
I don't know that it's all that -- usual now you're New Hampshire used to be a little more -- might call.
It's kind of in between right now and -- think of New Hampshire as the U.
People outside -- New Hampshire kinda think of it is this way Northeastern State where people are just living up in the hills and I've always lived there.
More than half of granite staters are from out of state and that's been true for a long time.
The population the state is in flux got a lot of people moving in from Massachusetts.
We also a lot of people coming in to the state for jobs as commissioner unemployment rate is quite good and has been for a long time.
Our economy's going strong comparatively -- when we we got a lot of people who move here.
From mid Atlantic states and from new York and Pennsylvania and places like -- -- The population's changing and that energy.
Leads to -- you know surprises come election time but.
-- you you have to look at 2000.
When Al Gore lost New Hampshire -- 7000 votes.
And that made the difference.
And and here we are.
But a few percentage points difference between Obama and Romney.
We could be looking at an election this fall where in New Hampshire not only decides whose president but by a couple of thousand vote.
Right and and that's why this state again is is so pivotal on why both campaigns are spending so much time there I read from some research that our brain room put together that.
That gun rights are pretty important in New Hampshire.
Oh quite yet and -- this Bennett as the thing that's here pretty important and New Hampshire being fiscally responsible is pretty important New Hampshire.
Yeah but it's not a state like -- said that you can necessarily pigeon -- -- one category or another because you have different populations centers that are filled with.
People from you know in the southern part of the state got a lot of tax refugees Massachusetts they tend to vote Republican.
And you've got other.
Pockets of the state where you have people who moved in from.
Mid Atlantic states and they -- to vote Democrat so it's not in -- sort of this stereotypical.
New England state I think that people outside of that region tend to think it is.
Well I was up there for a brief visit this spring it's beautiful place through Clive and I come and -- -- there.
-- kind of nice but I think half -- I will come visit again from the union leader newspaper thanks for joining us today.