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All eyes on the Granite State

In just five short days, New Hampshire residents will head to the polls to vote in the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary.

And, with the Iowa Caucus almost decided – with 86 percent reporting as of Wednesday night – and the impeachment hearings now concluded, the eyes of the nation shift to New England. So too does the full attention of all the presidential candidates.

That was apparent Monday, as several – including former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii – had events throughout Greater Nashua and the Souhegan Valley.

Polls thus far in New Hampshire have shown Sanders and Biden neck and neck; however, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s showing in Iowa certainly will have an impact.

With 86 percent reporting, Buttigieg leads Sanders 26.7% to 25.4%. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is in third place with 18.3% of the vote, while Biden is in fourth place with 15.9%.

Of course, the Granite State has a much different political landscape than Iowa, so anything is still possible.

What is for sure, is candidates will be spending the next five days trying to connect with New Hampshire voters.

We encourage residents throughout the state to take advantage of this so they can make the most informed decision possible.

The Granite State is in a unique position in that it gets the first choice – it gets to see the candidates at their best, before the rigors of a long, hard campaign takes its toll.

We have a chance to send a resounding message to those in the rest of the country and to set the stage for who will be the president of the United States in 2021.

This opportunity must be taken very seriously, as our voice matters and carries a lot of weight going into the general election.

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