CONCORD — A recount of ballots cast in the Jan. 8 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary shows no significant change in the original tallies.

CONCORD — New data show that record numbers of votes were cast in both the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries in New Hampshire on Jan. 8.

CONCORD — Supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul are helping to bankroll the re-count of votes in New Hampshire's Jan. 8 Republican presidential primary.

CONCORD — A partial re-count of ballots in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary appears to closely track the results reported on election night.

CONCORD — Secretary of State William Gardner says his office is set to begin a re-count of New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary.

The rules and expectations for women in leadership are still being written. For some powerful women, the scrutiny awarded Clinton's New Hampshire catch-in-her-voice moment — while unwarranted, many believe — was familiar.

CONCORD — Hillary Rodham Clinton did better in New Hampshire precincts where presidential primary ballots were counted by machine and Barack Obama did better where ballots were counted by hand.

CONCORD — New Hampshire agreed Friday to conduct full hand re-counts of Tuesday's Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.

It was New Hampshire politics at its finest as presidential candidate Bill Richardson took advantage of Monday’s warm afternoon to roam Market Square, shaking hands and asking for support.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke before a standing room only crowd at Café Espresso this morning.

With a day to go before the New Hampshire primary, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is trying to reach out to as many voters as he can, pledging to bring real change to America.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama wasn't in Hampton Sunday evening -- but he was on the mind of his top rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton during a campaign appearance at Winnacunnet High School.

With two days to go before the New Hampshire primary, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is trying to reach out to as many voters as he can, pledging to bring real change to America.

MILFORD, N.H. — It’s hard to chart the precise starting point for Bill Clinton’s political legend, but New Hampshire is as good a place as any.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain told a local audience that he supports continued efforts against terrorism and global climate change.

If the Democratic campaigns knew about her, Jody Clarke could end up on a first-name basis with Hillary, Barack, John, Joe, Chris or Bill.

Because of popular demand (at least in my own mind), I have relented and decided to offer my end-of-the year Top 10 list of memorable and quickly forgettable moments on the campaign trail of our first-in-the-solar-system 2008 primary.

Patrons at the Loaf & Ladle were caught off guard Monday night when presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton stopped by for dinner.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spent the last two days traveling throughout New Hampshire. Today the Illinois senator will hold a forum with his foreign policy advisers at the Sheraton Harborside hotel.

PORTSMOUTH — In the fifth of a series of presidential candidate forums, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will talk about the war in Iraq on Thursday at Seacoast Media Group. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

HAMPTON — Rudy Giuliani got down to business early on Sunday, asserting a national need for tax reform, tort reform and continued efforts to fight terrorism at home and abroad.

MANCHESTER — Walk into Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire headquarters and you see a blend of high technology and old-fashioned political heavy lifting that’s become a hallmark of his primary campaign.

PORTSMOUTH — With the price of crude oil nearing $100 a barrel and home heating oil reaching record heights in New Hampshire, on Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson came to Portsmouth to talk energy.

PORTSMOUTH — During his appearance at a forum in Portsmouth Thursday, the challenge for Democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson was to keep the focus on energy policy and global warming — no small topics on a day when oil topped $98 a barrel and the Arctic ice packs continue to melt at an alarming rate.

DURHAM — Fresh off a week of high media visibility and headline-generating fund raising on the Internet, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will talk to high school and college students in Durham Friday.

WASHINGTON — Televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday.

NASHUA — Pumped up by a record day of online fundraising, Republican presidential contender Ron Paul said Wednesday he hopes to do well in a New Hampshire campaign in which he's emerging as a potential spoiler — or more.

PORTSMOUTH — When Democratic presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Seacoast area voters later today about his energy policies, he may face fewer questions about policy particulars and more about how to put the country in a leadership position to combat worldwide problems such as global climate change.

PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful John Edwards kept up his attack on Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton during a town hall meeting in Portsmouth on Tuesday, but focused most of his attention on the failure of the current administration.

When it comes to energy policy, Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson said leadership will be the key to tackling what he considers to be the country's top domestic and foreign policy challenge in the coming decades.

WASHINGTON — Riddle me this: How do you stop an ultra-wealthy presidential candidate who leads in early voting states, already has dumped $17.5 million of his own money into his bid and could spend boatloads more to rack up wins in a squeezed primary schedule?

MERRIMACK — Trisha Swonger, part of the remarkable 43 percent of New Hampshire voters who call themselves independents, remembers the balloons and euphoria in 2000 when her man, John McCain, won the state's leadoff Republican primary.

PORTSMOUTH — Buoyed by his performance in last week’s candidate debate, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards returns for another campaign swing in the Seacoast region today.

EXETER — Taking the opportunity to "Ask Mitt Anything," students at Phillips Exeter Academy on Thursday talked with presidential candidate Mitt Romney about issues important to them: education, health care, abortion and gay marriage.

HAMPTON — Presidential hopeful John McCain doesn't hold back telling voters exactly how he feels — whether they like it or not.

Where is the pigmobile?
That was my first question to Steven Varnum, and he couldn't help but laugh before quickly telling me the vehicle was back in New Hampshire (it was snouting its way to Keene to the annual Pumpkin Festival) after spending time in Iowa.

NORTH HAMPTON — Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Richardson is coming to the Seacoast Saturday for one of his "Presidential Job Interviews," and he's bringing his top reference.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards believes the American people are ready for major change.

EXETER — Experience was the theme of the day as Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani tackled tax cuts, condemned the expansion of government, and took aim at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

PORTSMOUTH — City Councilor Harold Whitehouse broke bread with Rudy Giuliani Sunday morning when the presidential hopeful tore off a piece of his bagel and declared it "good."

PORTSMOUTH — Mitt Romney's new Portsmouth office was opened for business the day after the leased was signed with a featured appearance from Ann Romney, the presidential hopeful's wife.

SEABROOK — Thou shalt not wear a shirt and tie at a lobster shack near a New Hampshire beach. Thou shalt not invoke upscale grocery stores while campaigning in farm-rich Iowa. And thou shalt not call South Carolina's Lowcountry "the lowlands."

PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful and Illinois Senator Barack Obama outlined an aggressive energy policy Monday at the Portsmouth Public Library before an invited audience of supporters including environmental activists.

CHICAGO — On the eve of another grim anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, members of Congress voted on a symbolic resolution to establish an official remembrance, expression of sympathy and honoring of heroes.

Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will make a couple of stops on the Seacoast on Saturday as part of a daylong swing through New Hampshire.

PORTSMOUTH — There are benefits to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in a plan to modernize the military that Richardson will deliver in an address today to students as well as military and foreign policy professionals at Georgetown University in Washington.

PORTSMOUTH — The Iraq war may be, said Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, President "George Bush's mess." But if this diagnosis is correct, as most Democrats and a growing number of Republicans believe, recovering from this historical quagmire will require a unique combination of political skill, vision and significant international cooperation.

PORTSMOUTH — Democratic presidential candidate and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards jumped into friendly waters Wednesday during a forum hosted by Seacoast Media Group, parent company of the Portsmouth Herald.

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards took sharp aim at rivals Hillary Clinton and John McCain in a Seacoast Media Group forum on the Iraq war Wednesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 12 Portsmouth Democrats' annual banquet.

PORTSMOUTH — When Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards talks to a local audience today about Iraq, he will likely face voters who are as conflicted as they are concerned about the future.

Since 2003, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina has spent a lot of time campaigning in New Hampshire as a presidential candidate.

PORTSMOUTH — Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, told a group of voters in Davenport, Iowa, recently that without a win in that state, her husband's hopes of becoming president will be just a dream.

EXETER — Republican presidential hopeful and Arizona Sen. John McCain returned to New Hampshire this weekend as part of his "No Surrender" tour. McCain stumped at five stops including a house party in Exeter.

PORTSMOUTH — Barack Obama's campaign headquarters staff and volunteers were treated on Saturday to a visit by the man they hope will be the next president of the United States.

During the same week that right-wing blowhard Rush Limbaugh lashed out against what he called "phony soldiers," those (unlike the blowhard) who served their country but turned against the Iraq war (it's hard to imagine why), I talked to a soldier who had returned from Iraq.

DURHAM — In a sign that the instant messaging era was merging with primary politics, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards likely became the first candidate to answer a question from a potential voter named "LunarGoddess6B."

EXETER — Rockingham County Commissioner Maureen Barrows of Exeter will host Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Saturday. The event will take place at Barrows' home at 11 Bell Ave., starting at 3 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH — In the third of a series of presidential candidate forums, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will talk about the war in Iraq next Wednesday at Seacoast Media Group. The event is tentatively scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a Democratic candidate for president, has announced the membership of the New Hampshire Health Care Community for Obama, and in it are several Seacoast health care professionals.

PORTSMOUTH — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said it is important for his campaign that he have a good showing in New Hampshire.

DOVER — During the Republican debate earlier this month in Durham, Mark Riss critiqued former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's comment comparing his sons helping his campaign to military men and women serving their country.

EXETER — As President John F. Kennedy had in the 1960s, presidential candidate Barack Obama has judgment, Ted Sorensen, counsel and speechwriter to Kennedy during his presidency, said.

Perhaps the second time around will be a charm.

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama became the first Democratic candidate to unveil a detailed middle class tax-cut proposal, one that he believes will restore "fiscal responsibility and a sense of fairness."

CONCORD — ABC News on Tuesday reminded Republican presidential hopefuls that its October debate in New Hampshire had been canceled — after presidential hopeful Fred Thompson on Monday pledged to participate.

You only have to spend a few minutes with Republican presidential hopeful John McCain to sense his passion about doing the right thing in Iraq. In Portsmouth on Thursday when I asked McCain how he plans to finance continued military operations against the radical Islamic extremists around the world, he talked about making the Bush tax cuts permanent, railed against pork-barrel spending, and then moved right into campaign speak: The "surge is working" and if we don't take care of business now, the sacrifice of "blood and treasure" will be even greater tomorrow.

EXETER — On a day when Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will unveil the final part of her health care proposal, another Seacoast politician will endorse the New York senator.

EXETER – The Board of Selectmen is looking to gives its seal of approval to New Hampshire Public Radio’s Exeter-based Primary Place Online.

STRATHAM — About 60 people gathered at Tom and Jennifer Snow's house in Stratham to see presidential hopeful John Edwards on Saturday night.

STRATHAM — Dozens of people dove under tables to protect themselves as a fierce thunderstorm toppled trees onto cars and mangled tents at the Seacoast Republican Women's annual chili fest yesterday.

PORTSMOUTH — Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he is pleased with his performance at Wednesday night’s Republican debate in Durham.

STRATHAM — When actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson visits New Hampshire for the first time as an announced presidential candidate, he will do so in a setting familiar to noteworthy Republicans.

DURHAM — The eight declared Republican candidates for president debated the issues at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center on Wednesday night, but the specter of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who is expected to announce his candidacy today, hung heavy over the event.

PORTSMOUTH — If you're a high-profile presidential hopeful with your former president-of-the-United-States husband making whistle stops across the country, where do you go to whet that whistle and get the sustenance you need to go on with all the endless touring and politicking?

PORTSMOUTH — The last eight months have just been a warmup, if the Clinton fall kickoff and Labor Day rally held in downtown Portsmouth Sunday night was any indication. The real race for the Democratic and Republican nominations for president starts now.

PORTSMOUTH — On Sunday, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton will launch her fall campaign effort in Concord and Portsmouth with a well-known sidekick — her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

PORTSMOUTH — Sen. Chris Dodd fought for seven years, through the terms of three presidents and two presidential vetoes, to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act — which is exactly the kind of persistence and leadership the country needs from its next president, according to Dick Ingram.

PORTSMOUTH — Democratic presidental hopeful John Edwards was on the Seacoast on Sunday as part of a weekend tour of New Hampshire. The senator from North Carolina spoke in Hampton Falls and Portsmouth, focusing on his universal health care plan.

EXETER — Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson appealed Saturday for an end to the one-upsmanship among states vying to hold the earliest Democratic party primary.

It's been almost seven months on the campaign trail, his first as presidential candidate, and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois leans back in his chair and laughs as one of his aides watches the clock like a stopwatch at a track and field event.

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani spent part of Saturday in several Seacoast communities for a series of meet and greets with potential voters as part of a whirlwind tour of the Granite State.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A Democratic president would raise taxes and ravage the economy, GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani said Saturday.

MANCHESTER — Presidential hopeful John Edwards said Friday his tough criticism of the Washington power elite a day earlier had nothing to do with rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney won praise from liberals for expanding health-care coverage for the uninsured. Running for president, the Republican has been attacked by his party’s conservative base for the same plan.

EXETER — Area residents will get a chance to grill presidential candidate Bill Richardson when he holds one of his now famous "presidential job interviews."

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New military tactics in Iraq are working but the best way to honor U.S. soldiers is “by beginning to bring them home,” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told war veterans Monday.

CONCORD, N.H. — Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney criticizes “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants — and by implication Republican rival Rudy Giuliani — in a new radio ad.

EXETER — After meeting with area residents in the early morning, presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., spoke during a one-on-one phone interview on political change and responding to critics.

EXETER — More than 150 residents gathered Monday morning to feel hope and change in the future of the country's politics through presidential candidate Barack Obama, D-Ill.

KINGSTON ­— Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Saturday he has already seen a favorability bump in New Hampshire after his second-place finish in the Iowa straw poll.

PORTSMOUTH — Hours after attending a nationally televised debate in Iowa, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was in Portsmouth addressing head-on one of the main issues of his candidacy: Does the young, first-term U.S. senator from Illinois have the experience necessary to be the next president?

PORTSMOUTH — "I'm going to get bin Laden," said Robert Haines during a Saturday night stop in Market Square as part of his long-shot bid for the presidency. "I know where he is."

PORTSMOUTH — Coming off a week which his campaign said was his best of the primary season, Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio will visit the Seacoast today.

HAMPTON FALLS — Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will be attending a summer picnic at the Ahearn home on Sunday, Aug. 26.

HANOVER — Presidential hopeful Barack Obama opted for a small, intimate campaign event Monday — and was warned by a friendly voter to avoid public spats with his Democratic rivals.

NASHUA - Sen. Joe Biden said Monday that Democrats lost the last two presidential elections in part because they let themselves be portrayed as anti-God.

CONCORD — Speaking loudly and carrying on like Theodore Roosevelt — it's a rare part of the 2008 presidential campaign rhetoric that crosses party lines.

PORTSMOUTH — Sen. Chris Dodd will tour the Seacoast on Saturday — a week after debuting his universal health care plan, sparring with Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly and criticizing both Democratic front-runners for their stances on foreign policy.

PORTSMOUTH — Though he didn’t plan it this way, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain has returned to his primary roots.

ROCHESTER — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told an audience at the Rochester Opera House Wednesday that the issue of bridge and road repairs and other national infrastructure projects is "not a subject that usually gets headlines."

PORTSMOUTH — When New Mexico Governor and Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson visited with the editorial board of Seacoast Media Group on Wednesday, he touched on his plans for health care, energy, education and the Iraq war.

PORTSMOUTH — Illinois Sen. and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's New Hampshire campaign on Monday announced the launch of Hoops-Action-Change, a statewide three-on-three basketball tournament.

DERRY — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday called for penalties against mortgage brokers who engage in predatory lending and a $1 billion federal fund to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

PORTSMOUTH — Gov. Bill Richardson said he wants to talk about education when he comes to New Hampshire on Wednesday.

PORTSMOUTH — In the ongoing battle of political endorsements, New Hampshire's Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson has announced his support for Democratic contender Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

DERRY— John McCain's slide in the presidential race shows up everywhere on the campaign trail.

PORTSMOUTH — Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton are calling it the "dream team."

Sen. Barack Obama became the second Democratic presidential candidate in the past week to release a comprehensive proposal on fighting global terrorism.

DOVER — Some voters post candidate signs in their front yards or sport supportive bumper stickers on their cars. They donate money and volunteer to answer phones.

ROCHESTER — Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said health care costs can be brought down in the same way as the cost of electronics.

PORTSMOUTH — Former New York City Mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani believes the federal government should encourage the states to come up with health-care solutions, but is against state regulations that would help implement those solutions.

EPPING — Former senator John Edwards touted the need for ordinary citizens everywhere to get involved if they truly want to change the course of the country during a campaign stop Saturday at an Epping farm.

EPPING — For decades Democratic presidential hopefuls including Harry Truman, Bill Clinton, Fritz Hollings and Al Gore made it a point to campaign in Fecteau's Store.

DOVER — Presidential hopeful John Edwards said the tiff between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama is completely wrong for the Democratic Party.

RYE — "I'm not a speech giver, as many of you know," began Elizabeth Edwards, "but I like conversation."

CANTERBURY — While two of his Democratic rivals argue over how they'd negotiate with hostile countries, presidential hopeful John Edwards is focused on hostile insurance and drug companies.

PORTSMOUTH — The campaign of Democratic presidential contender John Edwards is setting a blistering primary pace in the Granite State.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Chris Dodd unveiled his version of a universal health care plan Thursday. He said it will take four years to fully implement, require no additional taxes, eliminate discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and is portable.

MANCHESTER, N.H. - U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes will endorse presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Thursday, The Associated Press has learned.

By mid-February 2008, many states whose voters haven't already cast ballots may have a case of primary blues.

PORTSMOUTH — On the same day Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a forum on energy and the environment at Seacoast Media Group's headquarters, Republican candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's campaign hosted a conference call on the very same topics.

FRANKLIN — Mitt Romney and John McCain sought to enhance their stature in a field of Republican presidential contenders that Newt Gingrich derisively called "pygmies," criticizing their Democratic rivals as too liberal and ill-prepared for the nation's top job.

PORTSMOUTH — As she explained her policies on energy independence and global climate change, Sen. Hillary Clinton said her keystone Strategic Energy Fund would be financed in part through "a deal I would offer the oil companies."

PORTSMOUTH — "Woooow," said Emily Montplaisir as she stood at the edge of the Seacoast Media Group press room. "I'm definitely starstruck."

PORTSMOUTH — Sen. Hillary Clinton challenged Americans to take the same attitude as those who fought and lived through World War II when it comes to achieving energy self-sufficiency and ending global warming.

PORTSMOUTH — An estimated 200 Seacoast region residents will size up Sen. Hillary Clinton's policies on energy and the environment at a presidential candidate forum today at Seacoast Media Group, the parent company of the Herald.

EXETER, N.H. — Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is refusing to apologize for posing with a sign that said “No to Osama, Obama and Chelsea’s Moma,” lumping two Democratic rivals with the Sept. 11 mastermind.

You know the campaign of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is having a tough go of it when its highlight this past week in New Hampshire was a showing of the film “Faith of my Fathers” at its Manchester headquarters.

EXETER — As many as 400 packed Exeter Town Hall on Sunday for a chance to meet Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann.

NASHUA — Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took aim at Democratic rivals on Sunday, calling them all unprepared to lead the country and comparing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's economic plan to that of Socialist Karl Marx.

WASHINGTON — Several thousand political contributors have donated to two or more presidential candidates this year, an overlap in giving that tilts decidedly to the Democrats.

PORTSMOUTH — In the second of a series of presidential candidate forums, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York will talk about her energy independence and global climate change proposal at Seacoast Media Group on Tuesday, July 24. The event is tentatively scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

EXETER — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Exeter this weekend as local Republican activists share mixed feelings on his campaign.

EXETER — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is headed to New Hampshire this weekend — a state where he continues to gain ground over his republican competitors.

Democratic presidential hopeful New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, addresses the media and supporters before speaking at the Utah Democrats dinner as Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, right, listens, Friday, July 13, 2007, in Salt Lake City.

HAMPTON - After sending campaign aides to the state to discuss faith issues and sponsor clubs focused on reading his books, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will be coming back to New Hampshire later this week. This visit will include a stop in Hampton.

DURHAM – New York Senator Hillary Clinton continues to lead the field of Democratic candidates in the New Hampshire primary although Illinois Senator Barack Obama has narrowed her lead to single digits.

NASHUA — In most places, showing a political campaign badge — and a buck — might get you a cup of coffee, except in Nashua, where businesses are offering out-of-state campaigners discounts on everything from coffee to hair cuts.

PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson took a stroll through sunny Market Square Monday afternoon, talking with locals about health care and the war in Iraq.

CONCORD — Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney hold the leads in their New Hampshire primary races, a new poll shows. But the poll, for the Concord Monitor, also finds each would face tougher challenges in the general election than others would.

READING, Pa. — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader told the Green Party's national convention that he is considering a 2008 presidential run and accused Democrats of trying to shut smaller parties out of the political process.

MANCHESTER — Gary Hirshberg, president and chief executive officer of Stonyfield Farm Yogurt of Londonderry, and his wife, Meg, have endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president.

CONCORD — Much like the presidential candidates who officially announce their campaigns well after hitting the trail, the opening of the One Vote '08 New Hampshire office on Wednesday was somewhat of a formality. Supporters wearing the group's signature black-and-white T-shirts have been a fixture at candidate appearances around the state for months.

MANCHESTER — New York Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will bring her Ready for Change, Ready to Lead tour back to New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday.

WASHINGTON — John McCain's campaign manager, chief strategist and other senior aides quit Tuesday, the second major staff shake-up in a week for the Republican presidential candidate who trails his rivals in money and polls.

BOW — Bill Richardson, the Democratic presidential contender with the heavyweight resume — former congressman, U.N. ambassador, energy secretary and now governor of New Mexico — is wrapping up his six-point plan for a Richardson presidency when he suggests that his audience is skeptical of his chance to win.

NEW YORK — For Barack Obama, the millions of dollars he's raised can't quite paper over the nagging doubts and growing pains.

PORTSMOUTH — Ask a Mitt Romney supporter what it is about him they like the most, and chances are you won't hear a lot about the war in Iraq or his energy policy.

PORTSMOUTH — If Oprah can have a book club, why can't Obama? That's the campaign hope behind the launch of the "From Doubt to Hope" tour for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama. In lieu of the candidate, the summer tour of up to 11 New Hampshire towns and cities will have personal friends and associates of the Illinois senator to talk about Obama, to read from his book, "Dreams From my Father," and to reach out to undecided voters wishing to learn more about the candidate.

BEDFORD, - A day after pitching his conservative credentials down South, likely presidential hopeful Fred Thompson took a broader approach Thursday in his first trip to New Hampshire.

CONCORD — A state lawmaker said Wednesday he could no longer support Sen. John McCain's campaign over the proposed immigration bill in Congress. But McCain's campaign countered that state Rep. D.J. Bettencourt stepped down as its Rockingham County co-chairman only after asking for — and being refused — a paycheck.

A day after the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama said it would begin running a pair of biographical television ads in Iowa, former Democratic Sen. John Edwards has launched his own ad in New Hampshire.

BOSTON — Republican Mitt Romney, who has a net worth estimated at up to $350 million, said Monday he has given money to his presidential campaign for a second time and may do so again before this weekend's fund-raising deadline.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Looking to stir up excitement and lure presidential hopefuls to the state, leaders of the Maine Democratic Party are thinking about holding a presidential straw poll in early fall.

ROCHESTER — Democratic presidential hopeful Chris Dodd didn't have to travel far from his bed to his microphone Sunday — and once there, he eschewed the coffee talk for more serious issues, Iraq and the environment.

BOSTON - Mitt Romney wowed the Republican presidential field with an eye-catching fundraising total and an innovative "National Call Day" earlier this year, but his campaign staff tried to lower expectations of a repeat as he gathered top fundraisers in Boston Monday for a final push before the second quarter ends later this week.

Chris Dodd is still struck by the absurdity of the missed opportunity almost six years ago. When I talked to the Democratic presidential hopeful a few days ago, the five-term Connecticut senator was elaborating on his proposals for a new American patriotism through a wide-ranging plan for national service at all levels in the country.

"Have you asked what the others have done?"

More than 300 people crammed onto the lawn, stairs and inside of the High Street home of Greg and Julie Gilman Saturday afternoon to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Edwards.

What a week it was. We survived the first two debates of the presidential primary season here in first-in-the-solar-system land, endured four live hours of CNN's Wolf Blitzer, dodged the conventional wisdom onslaught from the estimated 600 journalists covering the debates, and even got a hint or two about the relative states of sanity required to run for, if not actually be, leader of the free (and increasingly unhinged) world.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the winner of the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate held Tuesday at St. Anselm College in Manchester, according to a WBZ/Franklin Pierce College poll released Thursday.

Common sense was the pragmatic theme shared with local voters by former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson during a campaign stop Wednesday at Pease International Tradeport.

One day after being left out of a Republican presidential primary debate in Manchester, John Cox walked the streets of downtown Exeter, visiting with business owners and shoppers.

While expectations were that the 10 Republican candidates who took part in Tuesday's presidential forum would ceaselessly intone the name of Ronald Reagan, unite in their intention to continue the war in Iraq and be uniform in their approach to immigration, it turned out that nothing could have been further from the truth.

President Bush won't be on the ballot in November 2008, but the Republicans who want to be clearly believe their best chance comes by distancing themselves from their party leader.

Coming off the first debate of the New Hampshire primary season, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York has seen her support grow in the state, according to a recently released statewide poll.

As the GOP presidential hopefuls prepare for tonight's debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, the Republican making the most headlines lately won't be there.

Was there a winner among eight Democratic presidential hopefuls in this first New Hampshire debate of the 2008 primary season?

Democratic presidential candidates clashed on Sunday over Iraq and the security of the country since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Joe Biden just wants to debate. The Delaware senator, set to appear alongside fellow Democrats this Sunday in New Hampshire debates, also is one of two candidates signed onto a fall debate on Fox News and the sole person who has agreed to an Iraq-only debate next week.

Following the first Republican primary debate, the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received a huge boost.

Presidential candidate Bill Richardson said he is picking up momentum in New Hampshire because of his experience, his views on Iraq and energy and his campaign style.

When the Democratic presidential hopefuls gather for the state's first debate of the primary season in Manchester on Sunday evening, Sherri Basso of Hampton hopes that a debate will actually break out.

The day after he unveiled his "Plan for a Healthy America," Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois said substantial health care reform would only come if "we build a movement around the country for change."

For months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York City, Rudy Giuliani was singled out for his heroic actions in leading that city out of the chaos that attack created. At the time he was dubbed "America's Mayor."

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said on Tuesday his experience as a Republican governor in a traditionally Democratic state prepares him well to work in a bipartisan fashion in Washington.

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it's time to replace an "on your own" society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

Though he said Memorial Day shouldn't be politicized, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama used a visit to a war monument Monday to repeat his call for better services for veterans.

A conservative organization has formed in 34 states that opposes the naming of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the Republican nominee for president based on his pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-gay rights positions.

Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday called for improved mental health services for veterans, a day ahead of a Memorial Day.

Former Mass. Gov. and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak to area business leaders on Tuesday at a luncheon in Rochester.

Former presidential contender Tom Vilsack toured the Portsmouth Public Library Thursday afternoon as part of his effort to highlight Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton’s proposed plan for sustainability.

Presidential candidate Christopher Dodd said he hopes to walk away from the June 3 Democratic candidates debate having shown people he is capable and ready to lead the country.

Presidential hopeful John Edwards said Monday that Americans should speak out against the war in Iraq this Memorial Day weekend, renewing an anti-war call that has been criticized by the leader of the American Legion.

In his fourth visit to venues on the New Hampshire Seacoast since December 2006, Illinois Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama issued a challenge to voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson met local Republicans and diners at Brown's Lobster Pound Wednesday night, holding up a lobster before the cameras months before the traditional chowder stop for GOP presidential hopefuls.

'Tis the season for endorsements. With about eight months to go before the first votes will be cast in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Democratic and Republican contenders are rapidly piling up what they consider key endorsements by prominent New Hampshire politicians and political activists.

Illinois Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will spend another two days in New Hampshire this week. On Friday, he will make what will be his fourth visit to the Seacoast.

Sen. Barack Obama has appointed a team of veteran Democratic activists to oversee his presidential campaign in New Hampshire. State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, Jim Demers, Ned Helms and Mary Rauh were named N.H. co-chairs of Obama's campaign Monday.

Former Wisconsin Gov. and presidential candidate Tommy Thompson will be at Brown's Lobster Pound for a meet and greet at around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

He'll be the first to admit it was by no means a scientific survey, but Sen. Christopher Dodd said he was encouraged by what he heard during a recent discussion in Jordan with 20 retired Peace Corps volunteers.

Across the country, every political candidate from town selectman to presidential candidate pays homage to the voters and political activists living in grassroots land.

Sen. John McCain has made another change in his struggling campaign, dismissing his New Hampshire campaign manager on Friday.

Bill Richardson strolled into the room and locked firefighter Mike Mullane in a bear hug. Seconds later, he asked firefighters from around the country to return the embrace.

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton stopped by Exeter Hospital Friday morning to talk about how our nation's health care system affects uninsured and under-insured mothers and children.

Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson asked members of the nation's largest firefighters' union Thursday to compare his labor record to his Democratic rivals' rhetoric.

Not everybody loves a winner. Some save their passion for the underdog.

A bill that would make it easier for Secretary of State Bill Gardner to schedule New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary on the fly could become hostage to a House-Senate dispute over campaign donations.

During the 2000 New Hampshire Democratic primary, the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire supported Vice President Al Gore. In the 2004 Democratic primary, many election experts believe their support was crucial in rescuing the floundering campaign of Sen. John Kerry.

If elected president, he'd get out of Iraq by the end of the year, make the United States energy independent, improve schools, help all American's get health insurance, increase employment, and affirm the civil rights of all. And, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said, he has the experience to make it all happen and an explicit plan to do it.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be in New Hampshire this weekend, looking for support for his presidential bid.

So, Florida is joining the effort to tell the Democratic National Committee to go to ... well ... heck. And rightly so. The DNC plans of last year to try to dilute the importance of New Hampshire's First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary backfired and just contributed to messing up the schedule, encouraging lots of the bigger states to move their events closer to the beginning and contribute to "front-loading," and otherwise confusing the process even more. They should have let things be.

For the first time, the career paths of two cousins — one a state senator and the other a Washington scientist — are crossing, and it's because of the state primary.

Before the Wednesday kickoff of Sen. John McCain's announcement tour in Portsmouth, I chatted briefly with a McCain-leaning independent who told me he wasn't as enthused this time around as the 2000 presidential primary.

Elizabeth Edwards will join local activists at the University of New Hampshire to call for more international pressure to end the escalating violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Thursday he's convinced Washington is broken and that he's committed to enacting the changes necessary to fix it.

Standing in the middle of Prescott Park, Republican Sen. John McCain used the backdrop of Portsmouth Harbor to officially announce his candidacy for President of the United States in 2008.

For one supporter of Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican’s appearance Wednesday at Prescott Park was a welcome shot of momentum.

Presidential contender Sen. John McCain said the official relaunch of his candidacy Wednesday in Portsmouth will be the equivalent of "starting over."

Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani defended his positions on a late-term abortion procedure and gun control Tuesday as he faced skeptical GOP voters who questioned his sincerity.

It's been another busy weekend in New Hampshire for presidential hopefuls campaigning in the first-in-the-nation primary state. Democratic Senators Barack Obama and Chris Dodd kicked off their weekends here on Friday. Obama attended an Earth Day event in Durham and a Nashua town hall meeting before heading to a New England campaign kickoff fund-raiser in Boston that evening.

Leaf peepers, yes. Political junkies, not so fast. A plan to promote the New Hampshire primary as a tourist attraction has been all but abandoned after the primary's fiercest protector raised concerns about tarnishing the state's political tradition.

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain will make it official — in the state where he scored his biggest national triumph.

There was little green to speak of in downtown Portsmouth, but that was still the color splashed across signs, chalked on the street, and in the minds of about 200 people who gathered there Saturday afternoon.

"Life isn't fair." Think about what Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain of Arizona has said often about twists of personal and political fate. It's rare for any politician, much less a serious presidential candidate, to talk about the downside of fate.

If elected, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton vowed at a campaign event at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton that her administration would pay attention to the large "invisible" segments of our society she thinks the administration of President George W. Bush has intentionally ignored.

Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday called President Bush's refusal to change in course in Iraq a "tragedy of historic proportions," but said she's not ready to back the latest attempt to cut funding for the war.

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday assailed a "culture of cronyism" in government as the Democratic front-runner vowed to streamline the federal bureaucracy and improve accountability.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton is coming to Hampton on Saturday to have a "conversation with Granite Staters" at Winnacunnet High School.

Whether candidates or taxpayers foot the bill for extra security at campaign events depends on the size of the crowd, according to police who've been busy at several large rallies recently.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announced last week it will report $36 million in total receipts for the first fund-raising quarter, which ended March 31.

Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich said President Bush may be setting himself up for impeachment by setting the stage for war with Iran.

Presidential candidate Bill Richardson made a pledge on Wednesday that could make him very popular on the Seacoast. Richardson said if he is elected the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will always remain open and will never, on his watch, make the Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) list.

Democratic presidential hopeful Chris Dodd told Concord High School students Wednesday that people debating gay marriage should ask themselves just one question: What would you do if your child were gay?

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson came to New Hampshire on Wednesday, saying he is the only presidential candidate on either side of the political aisle discussing how to build war-ravaged Iraq.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cautioned New Hampshire voters not to be swayed by the fundraising success of some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ended a long day of presidential campaigning yesterday at the Derry Opera House offering nearly 200 voters the chance to "Ask Mitt Anything."

Clif Horrigan wanted answers. The Portsmouth resident came to hear Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for her children, all of whom have faced unemployment, all of whom have been without health insurance.

Barack Obama is finding out what it means to be an agnostic when the religion is health care.

Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made it very clear to the 200-plus people who attended what he called, "A Community Meeting on Health Care," held at Seacoast Media Group’s new headquarters at Pease on Tuesday, that the universal health care plan he wants to develop for the country has to have the backing of its citizens.

The capacity crowd awaited the arrival of Sen. Barack Obama at the health care forum hosted by Seacoast Media Group. The standing-room only crowd gathered around a roundtable-style discussion in the press room of the newspaper's new location at Pease International Tradeport.

"If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere." That was essentially the answer former New York City Mayor and potential Republican presidential nominee Rudy Giuliani gave when asked to discuss his qualifications to hold the position as leader of the free world.

In the wake of the war in Iraq and declining American prestige in the world, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said at the University of New Hampshire Monday night that he wants to see "America be a force for good in the world."

Dennett Page had been planning a house party all week for friends - and even strangers - to gather and watch Sen. Barack Obama over a Webcast.

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday criticized the Bush administration for outsourcing teaching to private tutoring companies, arguing that many firms have close ties to Republicans.

When Sen. Hillary Clinton meets with the members of the National Education Association-New Hampshire this afternoon, local educators will be carefully listening.

The House has approved a bill that would give the secretary of state clear authority to schedule New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary before the Iowa and Nevada caucuses in 2008, if he wants to.

One of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s top supporters says if the Democrat wins the White House, he wants to be part of her team negotiating peace in the Middle East.

Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has publicly stated his intent to establish a universal health-care system by the end of his first term.

You have to give Sam Brownback credit for expanding the definition of a right-wing Christian conservative. "I'm a bleeding heart conservative," Brownback, the senior senator from Kansas and a Republican presidential hopeful, told me.

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is back in New Hampshire and back embracing straight talk. And talk. And talk. And talk.

Pat Buchanan and Gary Hart visited New Hampshire on Monday to defend the state's first-in-the-nation primary - a contest they both won before eventually losing their party's nomination.

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain trekked to New Hampshire on Saturday, testing his appeal with rural voters and promising help for economically depressed areas while grappling with questions about the Iraq war.

After spending most of the night awake and worried, Kristin Sullivan breathed a small sigh of relief Thursday as she watched an optimistic John Edwards announce the return of his wife's cancer and their determination to continue with his presidential campaign.

There's a very good reason why the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton is happy to have native son Bill Shaheen on their team.

Sen. Barack Obama refused to bash his leading presidential primary opponents - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards - over their vote to go to war in Iraq, despite several attempts to get him to do so during a teleconference with New Hampshire reporters Wednesday.

Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is going "to stay home and stay quiet" during the state's presidential primary, her husband said Wednesday as he joined Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign as a state and national co-chairman.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback introduced himself to state voters Monday as a "full-scale conservative" and made no apologies for his hardline stances against taxes, abortion and gay marriage.

Success in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary may hinge on how well candidates win over the politically fickle as well as the party faithful.

Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain and his Straight Talk Express rolled into Exeter Sunday to a standing room only crowd.

Democratic presidential hopeful and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd blasted the war in Iraq and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy while visiting Hampton's fire station #2 Saturday.

The silver-haired crowd was on its feet, clapping and whistling before the youngest presidential candidate even opened his mouth yesterday at Claremont's Earl M. Bourdon Senior Centre.

Presidential hopeful John McCain isn't letting snow get in the way of his Straight Talk Express in New Hampshire.

On the eve of a three-day campaign visit to the state, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is resurrecting the Straight Talk Express bus in hopes of tapping into the enthusiasm that propelled him to upset victory in the 2000 N.H. presidential primary over then Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Last month, two days after he announced his presidential candidacy, Sen. Barack Obama came to New Hampshire riding a rock star political wave. When he spoke at the University of New Hampshire, he did something rare in this era of easy-to-serve partisanship. When a good dose of expertly placed Bush-bashing could have really fired up the curious and mostly adoring crowd, the Democratic Party freshman senator from Illinois declined.

The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce will host former New York City Mayor and prospective presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani at a special breakfast forum set for 7:45 a.m., April 3, at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel.

Sen. Hillary Clinton submitted a bill on Wednesday that aims to provide health coverage to all uninsured children.

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee compared Americans' risk of death from chronic disease to the risk of death from terrorism and the Sept. 11 attacks in a visit to the earliest primary state Wednesday.

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status has always seemed like a birthright. As little as four years ago, it would have seemed absurd to hold a panel discussion about its importance.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday described past Republican political malfeasance in New Hampshire as evidence of a "vast, right-wing conspiracy."

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday promised to bring America's "invisible" middle class out of the shadows, saying the Bush administration has for too long ignored working families.

House Majority Leader Mary Jane Wallner and District 5 Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli both announced this week they are endorsing Sen. Hillary Clinton for president.

New Hampshire House Majority Leader Mary Jane Wallner said she is throwing her support behind Sen. Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary race.

Bill Gardner is a modest man with an awesome power: the ability to set the date of the nation's earliest presidential primary. In 31 years as New Hampshire's secretary of state, Gardner has not hesitated to upset the best-laid plans of other states or national political parties by moving up the date - and he's poised to do it again in 2008.

Tom Vilsack, we hardly knew you. The two-term Iowa governor, who was making a serious bid to become the trendy, dark horse pick in the 2008 presidential primary, withdrew from the race Feb. 23 -- about 11 months before the first votes will be cast in our first-in-the-galaxy political rodeo.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lined up some key New Hampshire endorsements this week. Former state senator, candidate for governor and local businessman Bruce Keough will be chairing Romney's New Hampshire Leadership Team. Keough has prior experience with presidential politics having served as the New Hampshire vice chairman of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.

Presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is coming to town. His appearance at Exeter Town Hall on March 18 will mark his first town hall meeting event in New Hampshire in the run-up to the 2008 primary. A time for the event has not yet been set.

Republican Mitt Romney assailed his two leading presidential rivals Thursday, criticizing John McCain's stance on immigration and dismissing Rudy Giuliani's support for gun control, abortion and gay rights as a losing combination in the GOP primary.

Sen. Joe Biden told college students Wednesday that unlike other presidential hopefuls, he isn't afraid to get specific about Iraq.

Health care was the topic of the day Saturday, but Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards made sure New Hampshire voters gave him another chance to say he was wrong as a senator to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

Sen. Joe Biden said Tuesday he doesn't expect to succeed in his push to redefine the president's authority in Iraq, but defended the effort as key to prodding the president in a new direction.

It seems every week another state is announcing plans to move its 2008 presidential primary to an earlier spot in the season.

Gov. John Lynch defended New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary Saturday, both privately and on national television.

The only Democratic candidate for president who benefits from this summer's decision by the Democratic National Committee to move Nevada ahead of New Hampshire in the caucus/primary schedule is New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, said UNH Survey Center Director Andrew Smith.

Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who built a centrist image, abandoned his bid for the presidency on Friday after struggling against better-known, better-financed rivals.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack called Gary Hirshberg on Thursday night to tell him he was ending his presidential campaign. Friday morning, the phone rang again: it was Sen. Barack Obama, who waited just two minutes after Vilsack's public announcement to ask for Hirshberg's support.

The governors Iowa and New Hampshire will meet in Washington on Saturday to discuss concerns about scheduling their early votes in the 2008 presidential race.

Both the lengthy ad and its distribution in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Florida show this is an introductory spot.

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich preached the importance of uniting humanity to a crowd at the University of New Hampshire on Monday.

Hours before casting a Senate vote on a nonbinding resolution that opposes the president's decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq, Sen. Hillary Clinton defended her former and current position on the war with New Hampshire residents.

Rep. Duncan Hunter said Congress has wasted time debating an increase in U.S. troops in Baghdad because the 82nd Airborne is already executing the plan.

The war in Iraq might be dominating the headlines, but Sen. Hillary Clinton said she's found the people of New Hampshire have many concerns about the future of this country.

Gary and Lenore Patton, county chairs of the Democratic Party, are used to hosting gatherings at their Hampton home. However, Saturday's party challenged the capacity of both their home and the side streets. Dozens of cars lined the narrow, snow-packed street. Several parked cars proudly displayed bumper stickers that read "1-20-09, Bush's last day."

Which Hillary was it? Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York will meet Seacoast region voters for a town hall meeting at Dover High School a week after her first tour of the state as a Democratic presidential candidate.

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson was easygoing and opened with a few jokes during an appearance Saturday afternoon at River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth. Then he got straight to the point.

In what seemed like a shot at fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd said on Thursday the nation cannot endure six to eight years of on-the-job training.

In the days between Feb. 12 and 20, no less than five Democratic presidential candidates, ranging from high profile to long-shots, are scheduled to campaign here on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Sen. Hillary Clinton on Saturday will make her first Seacoast visit since becoming a presidential candidate.

New Hampshire voters have asked presidential candidates plenty of tough questions about Iraq, but they should be asking more about the federal budget deficit, the nation's accountant-in-chief said Tuesday.

Sen. Hillary Clinton on Saturday will make her first Seacoast visit since becoming a presidential candidate.

Sarah Callender, a University of New Hampshire freshman, saw Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York in her hometown of Concord on Saturday. Monday night, at the UNH Field House, Callender saw Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, one of Clinton's fellow contenders for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama repeated his apologies for an offhand remark that the lives of U.S. troops killed in Iraq were "wasted."

If anyone doubted that politics is a spectator sport in this state, all they needed to do was walk into the Lundholm Gymnasium at the University of New Hampshire on Monday. People of all ages were literally stacked to the rafters for a chance to hear first-term Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama speak.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday warned that the country is at war with a perversion of Islam and that any bending of U.S. resolve will let the jihadists destroy America.

Organizers have doubled the debates before New Hampshire's first in the nation primary, bringing the number Wednesday to eight.

Wife of Democratic presidential candidate Tom Vilsack will be making an appearance at the State Street Saloon.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2008 nomination, will be the guest of Gary and Lenore Patton at a house party to be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.

A bill before the state Legislature is designed to cement the secretary of state's authority to schedule New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary before the Nevada caucuses in 2008 -- if he chooses.

It's time for America to elect a woman president and the political action committee EMILY's List is working in New Hampshire to make sure that happens, said Ellen Moran, executive director of the pro-choice Democratic organization.

Veterans of Al Gore's past are quietly assembling a campaign to draft the former vice president into the 2008 presidential race - despite his repeated statements that he's not running.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is scheduled to make his second appearance in the first-in-the-nation primary state next week.

Protecting New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary status is first on the to-do list for newly elected Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney.

Though she insists she is no peacenik, New Hampshire state Sen. Jacalyn Cilley has just one question for any presidential candidates seeking her support: "If this Congress and this Senate do not get us out of Iraq by the time you take office, will this be your first act?"

Dennis Kucinich may want voters to start taking his presidential ambitions seriously, but he still likes to joke about his underdog status.

RiverRun Bookstore is on its way to becoming a must-stop for presidential hopefuls on the New Hampshire primary campaign trail.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will make her first trip to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate on Feb. 10, the same day Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama formally announces his candidacy.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Thursday he believes the nation eventually will adopt mandatory health insurance similar to reforms he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards told a New Hampshire audience on Wednesday that he doesn't believe President Bush is a "good man trying to do the best he can" when it comes to Iraq.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has recruited veteran New Hampshire Republican activist Wayne Semprini to lead his state operations.

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., held the very powerful post of chairman of the House Armed Services Committee before the Democrats took control of Congress this year. While he remains the ranking Republican on that committee, Hunter now says he wants to serve the country in a different way -- as its president.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has recruited veteran New Hampshire Republican activist Wayne Semprini, of New Castle, to lead his state operations.

Rudy Guiliani's visit to New Hampshire began on Friday with Girl Scout cookie orders, Sept. 11 memories and no sign that the former New York City mayor's popularity has faded.

The crush of candidates and early start to the 2008 presidential campaign has stirred fears that dark horses don't stand a chance, even in early voting states like New Hampshire.

States that have early presidential contests or are considering moving their contests to early February:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is receiving and accepting invitations her husband didn't earn until after he won the White House.

New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, is holding its debates for the 2008 race at Saint Anselm College.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack on Friday praised New Hampshire for building new homes for people with disabilities, but he said the rebuilding of Iraq will leave little money for such efforts on a national scale.

Presidential hopefuls from both parties are busy appointing key campaign staff in New Hampshire, the state with the earliest presidential primary.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't reveal whether she plans to run for president when she called Anita Freedman a few weeks ago.

In case you haven't noticed, the grueling political marathon known as the 2008 New Hampshire presidential primary has already begun.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack on Friday praised New Hampshire for building new homes for people with disabilities, but he said the rebuilding of Iraq will leave little money for such efforts on a national scale.

After a confusing and hectic start to his first New Hampshire campaign stop, former Sen. John Edwards told the approximately 800 people at the Little Harbour School Friday afternoon the future of America lies in their hands.

When former North Carolina Sen. and Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards takes the podium at the Little Harbour School on Friday, it will be as an announced candidate for president in 2008.

Even Republicans are impressed with the reception of Democratic superstar Barack Obama.

I had the pleasure this past Sunday of hearing our next president, Barack Obama, speak at The Frank Jones Center. That is a pretty provocative sentence, one that I've uttered several times this week, to which my Republican friends have reacted with predictable disdain.

Do what you will, Howard Dean, New Hampshire remains the presidential king-maker.

I drove to an appearance by Barack Obama in Manchester on Sunday, feeling more than a bit skeptical. I had seen more than a few similar rock star political candidates wilt in the heat of a political campaign. I came back, however, if not a true believer, then undeniably impressed.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is one of several politicians to visit New Hampshire as potential presidential candidates over the past several months.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., insists America is a country of hope and decency, a country that pays attention when it matters, a country of hard workers who are tired of listening to politicians and want grassroots change.

Ask around among those who have years and years of living within the Washington Beltway and breathing the air of power, and you'll hear most of them tell you the same thing about Barack Obama. "He needs to wait, get experience." "He's too young, too green too ... too ... too").

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives in New Hampshire Sunday for two full-house appearances not yet as a candidate for president. He said he will be making that decision in January.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was welcomed into New Hampshire Friday by Republican candidates, elected officials and community members. Giuliani stopped in New Castle, along with U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley, gubernatorial hopeful Jim Coburn and several state Senate candidates, during a statewide bus tour to support New Hampshire's Republican candidates.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani just wants to have a conversation.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd said he may be the person the American public is looking for to run for president, but he will let the people decide whether he should.

Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani hesitated to say if he plans on throwing his hat in for the 2008 presidential elections during a visit to New Hampshire Thursday.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd said he may be the person the American public is looking for to run for president, but he will let the people decide whether he should.

Granite Staters are calling the Democratic National Committee's decision Saturday to shake up the primary calendar and punish candidates and states that do not follow the new schedule a "hollow threat."

As we have stated previously in these pages, we are firmly opposed to putting any political contest -- caucus or primary -- ahead of New Hampshire's. We believe the Democratic National Committee's push for getting a more racially diverse state in the early mix is misplaced and undermines the candidate vetting process at which we here in the Granite State have become so proficient.

New York Gov. George Pataki Thursday talked politics with residents over a bowl of chowder at Geno's, heard from local fishermen about continued cuts to days at sea, and pledged his allegiance to the state's first-in-the-nation primary.

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member Stephen Moore subtitled a forum featuring former House Speaker Newt Gingrich held at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel Thursday "How Republicans and Conservatives Can Get Their Mojo Back."


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