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New Hampshire

October 28, 2012

N.H. campaign notebook

Catholics for Romney

Holy Book of Mormon, Mitt Romney is trying to corner the Catholic vote.

Romney last week unveiled his “New Hampshire Catholics for Romney” supporters.

They include Greg Hendricks and Elaine Lavoie of Salem; Christina Hurni of Atkinson; Linda and Jim Poirier, Anne and John Kelleher, and Kelly Richardson-Deny of Derry.

The doctor will see you now

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, made a campaign swing through the state last week for the Obama campaign.

Former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, who investigated Major League Baseball’s steroid scandal, joined Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire to praise President Obama’s foreign policy experience.

O’Malley boosts Hassan

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley – his name likely will be mentioned soon as a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate – campaigned last week in New Hampshire for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maggie Hassan.

Hassan also got a helping hand from Cecile Richards, national president of the Planned Parenthood.

Celebrity watch

Actor Kal Penn, star of the “Harold and Kumar” movies, campaigned for President Obama on New Hampshire college campuses last week.

A talking point was the president’s support for Pell Grant funding.

Better to be seen than heard?

Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s profile has risen in 2012 – remember the speculation about her becoming Romney’s running mate? – but that may not be a good thing.

Recent University of New Hampshire polling showed her net favorability rating has tumbled from +28 percent in August to +12 percent this month.

Republicans love her (+73), Democrats don’t (-31) and independents, though slightly negative (-4) are on the bubble when the margin of error is considered.

Contrast Ayotte’s standing with Shaheen (+27 net favorability), up slightly from (+25) from August.

The same poll concludes Gov. John Lynch has an overall favorability rating most parents would envy (+69). His job approval rating is even better (+70).

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