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August 16, 2012

Editorial: Close race brings candidates back to New Hampshire

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Romney, who has a vacation home in Wolfeboro, will be increasing his presence in the state, Williams said.

“Gov. Romney has made many trips to the Granite State and will continue to do,” Williams said. “It is not only an important state in the election, but it’s also a special state to Gov. Romney.”

The presidential election this year is expected to turn on just a handful of battleground states, such as Ohio, Florida and New Hampshire.

The latest Granite State Poll, released Monday, shows Obama with a 49 percent to 46 percent lead over Romney, according to Andrew Smith of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

“It’s one of the few states that is up in the air,” Smith said. “I think it’s going to be very close.”

New Hampshire has always enjoyed the intense political focus that comes with the presidential primary. Now, that focus has extended into the election season.

That’s good for New Hampshire citizens, who take their voting responsibility seriously. The increased presence of the Romney and Obama campaigns in the Granite State will give voters a closer look at the candidates themselves, and help them make an informed decision on Nov. 6.

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