Could 2016 be the last #FITN primary for New Hampshire?

by Chip
Griffin


Oct 25, 2015
6:55 AM

When I got my start in professional politics more than two decades ago, it was drilled into me that nobody had ever been elected president in the modern era without first winning the New Hampshire. Then Bill Clinton broke that rule. Supporters of the first-in-the-nation primary attributed it to the fact that many people believed Clinton won. And he certainly won the … [Read more...]

How well does Hillary Clinton need to do in New Hampshire?

by Chip
Griffin


Jun 2, 2015
3:41 PM

Hillary Clinton’s campaign team has begun to soften expectations for her performance in the coming Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary. But what does she need to achieve in order to maintain her aura of invincibility in the Democratic primaries after the Granite State? Certainly she must win. A loss would be fatal to her presidential ambitions. But a win might be perceived … [Read more...]

Hillary tied with rest of Democratic field in latest NH poll, but can anyone take advantage?

by Chip
Griffin


Apr 1, 2015
9:33 AM

On the surface, yesterday's Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald survey contained good news for Hillary Clinton. The Herald's headline screamed, "Hillary Clinton holds 'unprecedented' lead in N.H." The top line numbers initially seem to support that conclusion. Clinton leads Warren -- who really, really isn't running -- 47-22. Moreover, the paper reported that "A whopping 84 … [Read more...]

If GOP candidates get drawn into “culture wars” in 2016, how will it play in NH?

by Chip
Griffin


Apr 1, 2015
8:19 AM

Philip Rucker and Robert Costa of the Washington Post observe that: The national debate over an Indiana religious-liberties law seen as anti-gay has drawn the entire field of Republican presidential contenders into the divisive culture wars, which badly damaged Mitt Romney in 2012 and which GOP leaders eagerly sought to avoid in the 2016 race. As the GOP hopefuls scramble to … [Read more...]

Does Trump deserve more respect?

by Chip
Griffin


Mar 18, 2015
5:30 PM

As Donald Trump formally launches a presidential campaign exploratory committee today, he's not getting much respect -- from anyone. Twitter lit up with the news. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post tweeted "Ugh." Ben White of POLITICO wrote, "Donald Trump is scheduled to... yeah I don't give a sh--." Steve Koczela, a pollster and the lead writer for WBUR radio's Poll … [Read more...]