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New Hampshire Elections

December 24, 2011

Candidates do last-minute campaigning in Granite State

Table for three?

GOP contender Gary Johnson is making a "significant" announcement Wednesday from the capitol building in Sante Fe.

Odds are better than even he will announce a bid for a third-party nomination.

The former N.M. governor grabbed some headlines early on in the Granite State, but has dropped nearly out of sight and has not been invited to participate in GOP televised debates.

Another one for Huntsman

Gov. Jon Huntsman got a boost last week when the Concord Monitor endorsed him in the GOP primary. Huntsman already had the backing of the Valley News and the Keene Sentinel.

Conventional wisdom is Huntsman could hurt former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney in the Granite State primary Jan. 10. He has invested most of his time and money to campaigning here and it may pay off with independent voters when they head to the polls in just over two weeks.

Vote for my dad

GOP hopeful Ron Paul, who's giving Romney and Newt Gingrich a serious run for their money, ran special holiday ads yesterday and today in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The ad, complete with a Christmas tree, features Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaking highly of his father.

The younger Paul, elected thanks to strong tea party support, connects the dots between the party and his father.

Merry Christmas, Dad.

Enough for one on the bench

Oil those mitts. There are just enough Granite State senators backing Romney for the GOP nomination to take to the baseball diamond — with one on the bench.

Late last week, Sen. John Gallus, R-Berlin, donned his Romney shirt.

He joined Senate President Peter Bragdon, R-Milford; Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro; and Sens. Chuck Morse, R-Salem; David Boutin, R-Hooksett; Gary Lambert, R-Nashua; Tom DeBlois; R-Manchester; Jim Rausch, R-Derry; Jack Barnes, R-Raymond; and Russell Prescott, R-Exeter.

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