New Hampshire: Republican or Democrat?
New Hampshire, although one of the smallest states in both size and population, is often the center of the political world during the primaries, mainly due to the fact that it is the first primary held. New Hampshire has always been a relatively republican state, being one of very few to register more republicans than democrats, until recently. After being hit hard by the recession in the 1990s, Democrats have been competing heavily in this state. New Hampshire has had a democratic governor ever since electing Shaheen in 1996. Up from his 1% margin in 1992, Clinton carried the state with a 10% margin over Dole in 1996. Bush then carried the state in 2000 with only a 1% margin. Republicans have held both senator seats since the mid-1980s and continue to do so coming into this election. New Hampshire is unlike the other 49 states in many ways including its 98% white population, no income tax and the high number of registered republican voters. New Hampshire also enjoys one of the lowest crime and poverty levels
I predict that although this state"tms elections will have a lot to do with the issues and the candidates, party politics will come into play as these races are closely watched around the country. District 1, the focus of my study, encompasses the south east corner of the state and includes Manchester, Rochester, Dover and Portsmouth and is much smaller in area than District 2. Both districts"tm demographics and voting trends compare surprisingly close to being identical of New Hampshire"tms. Low taxes, no income tax, and keeping welfare and education as local responsibilities worked well for New Hampshire until recently. Many plans are being considered right now as to how to go about this. In the past, even republicans have been more environmentally conscious than their U. This shows another shift from the old New Hampshire. New Hampshire is broken down into two almost identical, in population and demographics, districts. in the nation and an unemployment rate that is 1 below that national average. A Large portion of District 1"tms population lives in an urban area. Both of its two congressional districts also hold these traits. Going into the 2002 elections, income tax and a plan to support the schools is still up in the air and is bound to play a major issue in the elections. " This pledge, which came about in 1970 from the Union Leader, a politically conservative New Hampshire newspaper, said that officials would not vote for any kind of sales or income tax.