New Hampshire residents are accustomed to being the center of the political world’s attention during the presidential primary season. This year, it seems, we’ll have to endure the scrutiny all the way to the November election.
With a close race on tap between Republican challenger Mitt Romney and Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama, every vote counts. Just a handful of swing states could determine the outcome of the election — and New Hampshire is one of them. This year, even the Granite State’s paltry four electoral votes are worth fighting for.
Recent polls show Obama and Romney locked in a statistical dead heat in New Hampshire, fighting to win enough currently undecided voters to carry the state. That means New Hampshire will be seeing a lot of the candidates or their representatives this summer and fall.
President Obama is expected in the Granite State Saturday but the stops on his campaign visit have yet to be determined. The campaign stop will be the president’s second visit to New Hampshire this year. First Lady Michelle Obama also made a campaign visit to the state Aug. 2
Harrell Kirstein, Obama’s spokesman in New Hampshire, told reporter Doug Ireland the campaign is ramping up its efforts in the Granite State, expecting a tight race.
“Our campaign continues to focus on talking to voters one by one about the clear choice in this election between President Obama’s vision to create jobs, reclaim security for the middle class and restore the basic values that make our country great,” Kirstein said.
Romney’s campaign held a rally in Derry Monday, just days after announcing his selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.
“We are ramping up our efforts in New Hampshire. New Hampshire will be play a central role in electing the next president and it will be a very tight race,” Ryan Williams, Romney’s New Hampshire spokesman, told Ireland.