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The New Hampshire Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Vol. 102, No. 17
FOUR MORE YEARS
270 NEEDED TO WIN
Backed by NH, battlegrounds, Obama cruises to victory
President Barack Obama waves during an election night party on Wednesday in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
HOW IT WAS WON
By Lily O’Gara
HASSAN WINS GOV. Maggie Hassan cruised to keep the NH governor in Democrat control. Page 6
Same-day registration in Durham breaks record. Page 5 Buses and signs flooded campus as part of the election. Page 9
Obama wins second term
NH – One of the first battlegrounds to commit.
IOWA – Set up the clinching decision.
OHIO – Tipped Obama over 270.
After months of fierce campaigning and a nail-biting finale, Barack Obama has been re-elected as the president of the United States. Obama defeated opponent Mitt Romney with 332 electoral votes, while Romney earned 206 votes. The popular vote, however, was nearly tied, with Obama earning 50.1 percent of the vote and Romney taking home 48.4 percent of the vote. This year, winning the presidency seemed to be anyone’s game, as both candidates performed well at the polls in the time leading up to Election Day. Dante Scala, an associate professor of political science at UNH, and a UNH faculty expert in politics, predicted that Obama would be victorious. However, even Scala was surprised at the rate of Obama’s success. “I thought Obama would be re-elected, but he seems to be performing a bit better than expectations,” Scala said.
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4 Turn to Page four for a look at results from Tuesday’s election, including snapshots of the electoral college and N.H.’s presidential results by county.
8 Campus was abuzz with students heading out to the polls, volunteers shuttling voters and the excitement of Election Day on Tuesday.
Too close for comfort
12 UNH students tell us what their most important issues were in this election.
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continued from page 1 The key states for the candidates to capture included the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire. As of 10:30 p.m., Obama led by 10 electoral votes, though Romney held the popular vote approximately 50.6 percent to Obama’s 48.1 percent. By 11 p.m., Obama led by 41 electoral votes. He needed only to win Florida or Ohio to capture the election; no Republican has ever won the presidency without Ohio, and Florida routinely proves to be a challenging battleground state. At 11:12 p.m., news organizations confirmed that Obama had won Ohio, meaning he had captured the presidency as well. Social and television media exploded, with both sides eager to share their thoughts on the election results. Although the state has just four electoral votes, New Hampshire played an important role as a battleground state. Throughout the years, the state has swung in both Democratic and Republican directions, though Obama won New Hampshire this year with approximately 52 percent of the state’s votes. The town of Durham had an unprecedented voter turnout and broke its own same-day registration records. According to the Durham election results, 3,024 people registered on Election Day this year; only 1,700 voters participated in same-day registration in the 2008 election. According to a town release, Durham added more new voters in its 12-hour polling period than two-thirds of New Hampshire towns and cities had pre-registered. Without write-ins factored in, Durham strongly favored Obama, who received 5,026 votes. Romney followed with 2,208 votes, Gary Johnson with 102 votes, and Virgin Goode with five votes. Students who were gathered in the Memorial Union Building’s Union Court to watch the election seemed pleased with the presidential results. Several people cited student finances as a critical issue. Matt Tobin, a freshman physics major, said, “As a student, I need as much help with student
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President Barack Obama along with first lady Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago. loans as possible.” Senior nutrition and dietetics major George Jumpp agreed. “I am very pleased because I think that, if you are a student, the right choice is Obama,” Jumpp said. Jumpp also reported that, while he was voting at Oyster River High School today, the vast majority of people there were UNH students. He was pleased to see the campus so involved, especially because most of them appeared to be supporting Obama. “At least students on this campus know what they want in terms of education,” he said. Health care and social issues were the two other top priorities for students. Freshman Alyssa Trickett said that she was a big fan of the Affordable Care Act, the president’s health-care plan, and that the fact that Romney and his constituents opposed women’s health and birth control access worried her. Tobin and Jumpp mentioned that they disliked Romney’s social agenda as well. “I think it [Obama’s victory] is excellent news,” said Max Auger, a junior. “His foreign policy is
what we need, his stance on social issues is what we need.” Both candidates delivered impassioned speeches following the election. Despite his defeat, Romney remained optimistic in his concession speech. “This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. … We look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics,” Romney said in his speech. “I believe in America. I believe in the people of America.” Obama, too, spoke of his hopes for the nation in his victory speech. “Tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope,” Obama said in his speech. “We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.”
The car that hit a 50-year-old pedestrian in front of Stoke Hall sits moments after the vehicle and man collided. The car had major damage on its windshield where it struck the man.
Man suffers non-life threatening injuries after being hit by car STAFF REPORT The New Hampshire
Durham police are investigating a motor vehicle accident outside of Stoke Hall that sent a 50-year-old pedestrian to the hospital on Tuesday morning. Thomas Mellino, of Lynn, Mass., was crossing the street at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday when he was struck by a 2007 Volkswagon Jetta being driven north on Garrison Avenue by Abigail White, 19, of Derry, N.H. Mellino was sent to Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover with non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, his status is unknown. White is a student at UNH in the Thompson School of Applied Sciences. It is unknown why Mellino was in the Durham area on
Tuesday. The Durham Fire Department and McGregor Memorial EMS also responded to the scene. The accident remains under investigation and police urge anyone with more information to call the Durham police department at 868-2324.
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Romney says his principles endure even in loss By KASIE HUNT Associated Press
BOSTON — After nearly six years trying to become president, Mitt Romney conceded he had lost to President Barack Obama early Wednesday morning, declaring that “this election is over, but our principles endure.” “I believe in America,” Romney said one final time, repeating his campaign’s slogan, decided long ago. “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. But the nation chose another leader.” The former Massachusetts governor lost the race after near-
ly 17 months of fighting, gritting through a prolonged primary and enduring a summer of Democratic ads pummeling the business record that was the centerpiece of his candidacy. He ran as the man with the right resume to fix the nation’s struggling economy at a time when voters said that’s exactly what they were most worried about. It wasn’t enough. Romney ended the night surrounded by his family, his wife and five sons joining him on stage after his speech at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. He hugged each son, working his way down the line, before he and wife Ann waved one last time and disappeared.
Off to the side, dozens of his senior advisers embraced, their faces drawn. Some were crying. “It was close,” said Stuart Stevens, Romney’s senior strategist and constant companion on the campaign trail. The popular vote was close indeed, with Obama leading 49.5 percent to 49 percent as Romney conceded. But the battleground state fight for 270 electoral college votes wasn’t close at all. Obama won nearly all of the swing states that the two had fought over: Ohio, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and Virginia. Romney won North Carolina. Florida remained too close to call when Romney conced-
ed. Obama won at least 303 Electoral College votes, while Romney carried at least 203. Romney also lost states that his campaign had tried to put in play in the concluding weeks, including Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania. In the immediate aftermath of the loss, Republicans campaign officials conceded they had serious concerns about Romney’s path to victory even before Superstorm Sandy struck. And their internal polls showed that Obama’s standing improved in the days after the storm. In the end, Romney officials said they underestimated the level of turnout from Obama’s support-
ers. And they didn’t anticipate surging African-American turnout, which exceeded its 2008 levels in some places, such as Virginia, they said. The crowd of supporters and donors that met Romney at his election event in Boston was subdued. Dejected supporters milled around the ballroom where Romney had planned to declare victory, some sitting or even lying down on the purple carpet as state after state was called for Obama. They cheered the win in North Carolina, which Obama captured four years ago. But it was a rare prize. Almost all Romney staffers expressed shock or surprise that so many states had backed Obama.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Obama win came easier than expected
The president rode support from battleground states, with Ohio putting him over the 270 mark to give him a second term. 186
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How NH broke down
Four electoral votes
How they stacked up VA 13 CT 7
Obama 50.5% Romney 52% Obama 58.2%
Obama 55.8% Romney 49.4%
How Durham voted
WI 10 MI 16
6 NV 6 IA
CO 9 MA 11 MO 10 PA 20 NM 5 OR
AR AK MT 3 3
5 WV TN 11
NY 29 DE
5,026 MAGGIE HASSAN
SD 3 ID
OK 7 4
KY 8 WY ND CA 55
LA 8 TX 38
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UNH students turn out in record numbers at polls By BRIAN WARD Staff Writer
The line starts 30 feet outside the doors of Oyster River High Schol, before entering the building. Once inside, it then bends down long hallways, doubling back upon itself before finally entering a large room of folding tables and forms. Harried volunteers hand out clipboards and pens to people in line, and talk about running out of forms. Tom Selig is the Durham town administrator and is helping to keep the mass of voters moving. “We have had a huge turnout for same day registration,” Selig said. “The queue has averaged about throughout the day at 250, 300 at a time. At one time, the line extended out the door and down and out the building. At that time it was around 500 people.”
“I left the others
blank. I didn’t feel it was my place to vote for every little category in the state I don’t live in.”
Vin LaMonica UNH student
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Durham shattered its new voter registration record today with 3,024 new registers. Selig looks out over the room full of folding tables and forms, with volunteers helping students fill out their information in record times. “This is a remarkable event in Durham,” he said. “It’s run by volunteers from Durham; it runs very smoothly. The vast majority of voters have been students from UNH; they’ve been patient and enthusiastic about their right to vote.” Anthony Blenkinsop has worked at the attorney general’s office for eight years and is the director of Charitable Trusts. Blenkinsop works with poll security at Oyster River High School, making sure no one in the long line of people gets out of hand. He said while he can’t be certain yet, the number of voters seems to be on par with 2008 numbers. “Our primary objective is to keep the line moving along,” Blen-
kinsop said. “We haven’t had any issues other than the same-day registration line is pretty long.” Vin LaMonica stands at the side of the gym after voting for the first time, and talked about the system of voting. “Well, it makes me wish I had registered earlier,” LaMonica said. “Voting took five minutes, registration took 45.” LaMonica, a sophomore music major who came out to vote, said that his biggest concern in the election was the next president’s policies on human rights. “I think that the human rights issues that should have been changed in the last century. One man cannot change the economy, but one man can help human rights,” LaMonica said. LaMonica, a Connecticut native, decided to only vote for the president and state positions on the ballot, saying that he had done enough research on them to make an informed decision. “I left the others blank. I didn’t feel it was my place to vote for every little category in the state I don’t live in,” LaMonica said. At the start of the line, Tori McTague looks down the unmoving line of people in front of her. “I was planning to pre-register, but I ran out of time,” McTague said. McTague uses the time she has to mull over her who she will vote for, saying that she is on the fence but is leaning toward Romney. “A lot of people I know are really excited to vote. Some skipped classes to go and vote, and more than I expected to vote came with me,” McTague said. Chris Regan is the town moderator and is responsible for announcing the voting count once all the numbers come in for the town. “We are moving people through the line more efficiently this year,” Regan said. “We don’t have the numbers to confirm if same-day registration is up, but more people are registering as same-day voters and we’re getting much longer lines than in ’08.” Regan said that the line for same-day registers seemed to be mostly comprised of UNH students, though he had seen others people in line, as well. At various points throughout the day, the polls ran low on registration forms for same-day voters, and had to print out new forms by the thousands. Otherwise, Regan said things have
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Same-day voter registration was at an all-time high this year, causing waits of upwards of two hours at the polls.
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UNH students wait to register to vote in Durham. The town set a record this year in same-day voter registration, with 3,024 new registers. been running smoothly. “We’ve had a couple people who were upset that that they had to produce photo IDs, but it was mostly along the lines of protest,” he said. Regan said that even if he wasn’t sure how voter turnout compared to the ’08 numbers, that there definitely were more same-day reg-
isters than in previous elections. Ebony Epps leans up on the wall by the gymnasium, waiting for her friend to finish voting. Epps had planned ahead and pre-registered, managing to escape the growing line. According to her, it was always her plan to vote in her first presidential election. “I hate when I hear people
complain and then don’t vote. I don’t want to sound stupid or anything, but exercise your right!” Epps said. Despite her excitement at voting, Epps also said that she was nervous about the outcome of what is expected to be a close election. “If my candidate loses, I’m moving to Sweden,” Epps said.
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Hassan wins gubernatorial race in Tuesday’s election By CORINNE HOLROYD Staff Writer
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan won the race for New Hampshire’s governor in Tuesday’s election. She accepted the position shortly after 11 p.m. during her post-election celebration in Manchester at The Puritan Backroom. “Thank you to the people of New Hampshire for the trust you have placed in me,” Hassan said. Hassan also thanked her opponent, Republican Ovide Lamontagne, for the campaign.
“Thank you to
the people of New Hampshire for the trust you have placed in me.”
Maggie Hassan Governor-elect
While some students thought that The Associated Press announced Hassan’s win too early – after around 10 percent of the votes in New Hampshire were reported – Hassan’s lead over Lamontagne remained steady through the night at 55 percent to Lamontagne’s 42 percent as of 12 a.m. Wednesday. Hassan’s win was sealed earlier when Lamontagne conceded around
10:30 p.m. Tuesday. “It looks like tonight is not going to be our night,” Lamontagne said to his party at a gathering in Manchester after he and his staff looked at the numbers. Durham followed the national trend with 4,784 out of 7,387 votes – almost 65 percent – for Hassan according to results from Todd Selig, the Durham town administrator. Despite much of the focus of this election being on the presidential race, students still had mixed reactions as to the gubernatorial position. Stephen Prescott, who voted for Hassan using an absentee ballot while in England, said that he thinks Hasson will be a good governor because of her similarities to Gov. John Lynch. “She has a similar leadership style and is going to push reforms for public education and maybe freeze UNH tuition among other things,” Prescott said. Jacob Pentheny also supported Hassan for similar reasons, but said he “just didn’t want to vote for Ovide.” “I guess a lot of people didn’t want to vote for Ovide,” he said. “I thought (Hassan) was like Lynch with her social policies.” William Coughlin, who did not like either candidate wholly, voted for Lamontagne as “the lesser of two evils.” Emily Planchet said that she was disappointed Lamontagne lost because she agrees with “his stance
on issues such as immigration.” Lamontagne, after conceding, did say that he “spoke with Maggie Hassan and wished her well” and that he would continue to work around the state.
“[Hassan] is going
to push reforms for public education and maybe freeze UNH tuition among other things.”
Stephen Prescott Voter
“It’s not government that makes New Hampshire great, it’s the people who make New Hampshire great,” Lamontagne said. Hassan agreed and said the two would work together in the future “as an opportunity to move beyond the partisan divide.” New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley made a similar statement, saying they are “ready to get to work, and work with our colleagues, Democrats, and Republicans, to focus on finding common ground and common solutions for our citizens and move our economy forward.” Gov. John Lynch, who decided not to run for a fifth term this year, will vacate the office in January, at which time Hassan will take office.
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Governor-elect Maggie Hassan thanks supporters with her husband Tom, Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Manchester, N.H. Hassan beat Ovide Lamontagne to keep the governor’s seat in Democratic control.
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Obama powers to re-election despite economic concerns By DAVID ESPO ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a ﬁerce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney, prevailing in the face of a weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his ﬁrst term and crimped the middle class dreams of millions. “This happened because of you. Thank you” Obama tweeted to supporters as he secured four more years in the White House. The president sealed his victory in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado, four of the nine battleground states where the two rivals and their allies spent nearly $1 billion on dueling television commercials. Ultimately, the result of the brawl of an election campaign appeared likely to be the political status quo. Democrats won two more years of control of the Senate, and Republicans were on track to do likewise in the House. Romney was in Massachusetts, his long and grueling bid for the presidency at an unsuccessful end. The two rivals were close in the popular vote. Romney had 45.2 million votes, or 49 percent. Obama had 45 million, also 49 percent, with 65 percent of precincts tallied. But Obama’s laser-like focus on battleground states gave him the majority in the electoral vote, where it mattered most. He had 284, or 14 more than needed for victory. Romney had 200. Yet to be settled were battlegrounds in Florida, Virginia and Nevada. The election emerged as a choice between two very different visions of government —whether it occupies a major, front-row place in American lives or is in the background as a less-obtrusive facilitator for private enterprise and entrepreneurship. The economy was rated the top issue by about 60 percent of voters surveyed as they left their polling places. But more said former President George W. Bush bore responsibility for current circumstances than Obama did after nearly four years in ofﬁce. About four in 10 said the economy is on the mend, but more than that said it was stagnant or getting worse more than four years after the near-collapse of 2008. The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and a group of television networks. Democrats got off to a quick start in their bid to renew their Senate majority, capturing seats in Indiana and Massachusetts now in Republican hands. In Maine, independent former Gov. Angus King was elected to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He has not yet said which party he will side with, but Republicans attacked him in television
advertising during the race, and Democrats rushed to his cause. Polls were still open in much of the country as the two rivals began claiming the spoils of a brawl of an election in a year in which the struggling economy put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. The president was in Chicago as he awaited the voters’ verdict on his four years in ofﬁce. He told reporters he had a concession speech as well as victory remarks prepared. He congratulated Romney on a spirited campaign. “I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today” as Obama’s own, he added. Romney reciprocated, congratulating the man who he had campaigned against for more than a year. Earlier, he raced to Ohio and Pennsylvania for Election Day campaigning and projected conﬁdence as he ﬂew home to Massachusetts. “We fought to the very end, and I think that’s why we’ll be successful,” he said, adding that he had ﬁnished writing a speech anticipating victory but nothing if the election went to his rival. But the mood soured among the Republican high command as the votes came in and Obama ground out a lead in critical states. Like Obama, Vice President Joe Biden was in Chicago as he waited to ﬁnd out if he was in line for a second term. Republican running mate Paul Ryan was with Romney in Boston, although he kept one eye on his re-election campaign for a House seat in Wisconsin, just in case. Voters also chose a new Congress to serve alongside the man who will be inaugurated president in January, Democrats defending their majority in the Senate, and Republicans in the House. The long campaign’s cost soared into the billions, much of it spent on negative ads, some harshly so. In the presidential race, an estimated one million commercials aired in nine battleground states where the rival camps agreed the election was most likely to be settled —Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. In a months-long general election ad war that cost nearly $1 billion, Romney and Republican groups spent more than $550 million and Obama and his allies $381 million, according to organizations that track advertising. In Virginia, the polls had been closed for several minutes when Obama’s campaign texted a call for volunteers “to make sure everyone who’s still in line gets to vote.” In Florida, there were long lines at the hour set for polls to close. Under state law, everyone waiting was entitled to cast a ballot. According to the exit poll, 53 percent of voters said Obama is more in touch with people like them, compared to 43 percent for Romney.
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Young voters cast their first ballots By ABBY KESSLER STAFF WRITER
HANOVER – For many young adults across the country, Tuesday was the ﬁrst election that they were eligible to vote in and many took advantage of the opportunity. A high school student in Hanover, who wished to remain anonymous, was one of the few in his senior class who was old enough to vote in the election. He made the best of his age, voting early in the morning and standing outside the brick-walled high school with a hand-drawn sign in support of Mitt Romney. “I am most concerned with the national debt that has reached $16 trillion,” he said. The high school student had a few friends standing by his side: Romney supporters who were too young to vote. “It is my ﬁrst time voting and I believe that in this tight of an election, every voice counts, so I am happy that I made the cutoff,” he said. Hannah Larson, a senior at UNH, also voted in the presidential election for the ﬁrst time on Tuesday. Larson, a resident of Maine, traveled an hour back to her hometown in order to cast her vote for President Barack Obama. “There are so many reasons why I voted for Obama. But the biggest reason is because he
stands up for women and rights that the Republicans are trying to take away,” Larson said. Another ﬁrst-time voter, Preston Wells, a Native-American student from Oklahoma attending Dartmouth College, voted for the ﬁrst time through an absentee ballot. Wells cast his vote for President Obama, stating that unlike Romney, the current president recognizes the Native-American people. “I am Native and he [Obama] is more pro-Native-American. I know Ryan supports cuts to Indian health care and that would be devastating to the reservations,” Wells said. The stark differences in the way that the two candidates relate to residents in the United States was the main reason that Wells decided to participate in the election and cast his ﬁrst ballot for Barack Obama. However, ﬁrst-time voter Emma Menio, a college freshman, recently turned 18 and cast her ﬁrst vote ever for Mitt Romney. She voted Republican because she said she believes that the economy is the most important factor in the election. “I believe that Mitt Romney will be able to get our country back on track ﬁscally,” Menio said. Although not declared, Menio hopes to pursue a major in earth science. She said that Rom-
ney’s views on drilling for more oil and mining for coal were justiﬁed because of job creation.
“It is my first time
voting and I believe that in this tight of an election, every voice counts, so I am happy that I made the cutoff.”
Hanover high school student “Back home in Pennsylvania, people rely on these jobs for their livelihoods,” Menio said. Although she said she believes that more can be done with clean energy, Menio said she knows that cutting off fossil fuel production would be detrimental to the economy.
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Election excitement surges through campus Tuesday
Students for Obama set up in front of the MUB to encourage students to go out to the polls and vote. By RACHEL FOLLENDER Contributing Writer
Election frenzy took over the UNH campus all day Tuesday, as students walking to classes were stopped and asked if they had voted, or if they were planning on voting. From the commuter lot to the Memorial Union Building, almost every inch of campus was
taken over by campaign posters, messages in chalk, student volunteers and shuttle buses to the polls. Students for Obama (UNH College Democrats) provided students on campus with free transportation to the polls, and were joined by other supporters of the president as they inundated campus with “Get Out the Vote” messages. Although many of the vol-
unteers sported Obama signs, they advocated primarily for students to get to the polls and to cast a vote regardless of who they were voting for. “It’s the next four years of our lives,” said Michaela Barry, a volunteer. “I think it’s really important for students to vote because we’re going to be out in the real world soon dealing with these is-
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sues.” Barry had been in front of the MUB since 6 a.m., handing out free T-shirts and donuts, and providing students with voter registration information to direct them to the shuttle buses. College Democrats organized for two coach buses and six minivans to drive around campus from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., providing students and faculty alike with rides to Oyster River High School, where they could register to vote. “Earlier this morning, there were around 2,000 people coming to the polls from campus,” Barry said. “Most of them have been Obama supporters, but we do have Romney supporters coming over to us because they don’t have rides to the polls. We want everyone to vote.” Almost all major areas of campus were decorated with Women for Obama signs and Students for Obama signs, alongside larger posters that had information on how to register and where people could find transportation to the polls. One member of College Democrats stood outside Hamilton Smith Hall, talking to students about the issues and waving a sign that read, “VOTING IS LIKE SEX. (It’s wicked easy).” “People are really excited,” the member said. “I’ve been talking to people about the differences between the two candidates and letting them make their own decisions. If someone is going to vote for Romney I still give them a fist-bump, because voting is too important not to do.” UNH students weren’t the only ones eager to get involved in the election Tuesday. Twenty student volunteers and members of College Democrats from Harvard University in Massachusetts vis-
ited UNH to participate in a New Hampshire election. Harvard students Ben Zauzmer and Alex Wirth stood in front of Horton on College Way, stumping for Obama and asking people to head to the polls. “A lot of us are here because we support the president,” Zauzmer said as he directed a group of students to a shuttle bus.“And others are here because they want to make sure as many people as possible get out and vote.”
“VOTING IS LIKE SEX. (It’s wicked easy).”
College Democrats Zauzmer said that he is an Obama supporter, but that it is more important to him that people vote, especially in New Hampshire, because it is a state that is so important to the presidential election. “New Hampshire is the state,” he said. “It’s the biggie, and we can’t get to Ohio. It’s not usual in New England that there’s a swing state other than New Hampshire, so it really is the place to be.” Zauzmer is not a member of College Democrats, but said that he decided to join his roommate, Wirth, who is a member of the organization. Wirth said he was optimistic about the UNH voter turnout. “Over half the people I’ve talked to have already voted today,” Wirth said. “Which is exciting since it’s only noon. This is a key example of how young people can make a difference in this election.”
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UNH community shuttles student voters to the polls By PHOEBE MCPHERSON STAFF WRITER
“All you have to do is get on a bus,” were the parting words from Students for Obama representatives that could be heard all throughout campus yesterday. And get on a bus they did: two professional-sized buses, one Wildcat Transit microbus, and approximately 6 domestic vehicles could be seen shuttling students from campus to the polls at Oyster River High School. Several other community members also volunteered to transport students to the polls. The domestic vehicles had car paint that covered them in Obama symbols, slogans and encouraging words like “vote” and “jump in.” Students whose domicile can be listed as Durham voted at Oyster River High School, located on Coe Drive, behind the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house. The stops were pre-determined; coaches took one route, while domestic cars took another. Many townies, parents and volunteers drove the domestic cars. Locals Tom McNaught and Jeanne Weldon have been supporting politics since 1979 and volunteered to shuttle around students for the 2008 election. They enjoyed it so much that they returned this year. “We go way, way back for volunteering,” McNaught said. In her car, Weldon had homemade chocolate cookies and offered them to students as they settled into the backseat. There was a sole neutral bus: the Wildcat Transit microbus, driven by Heath Toupin. “We go to the stops that big coaches can’t get to,” she said.
Though many of the buses were offered by New Hampshire for Obama, students said the drivers never attempted to sway students in one direction or another, nor tried to force voters onto the bus. “No one tried to sway my opinion, especially once they knew I had already registered,“ said ﬁrsttime voter Ruth Wendel. The buses, brightly decorated with die-cut stickers that read “New Hampshire for Obama,” transported students from three stops: Kingsbury Hall, Main Street and Main Street at Holloway Commons. College Democrats President Maria Carrasquillo sat in the front of the bus, coaching the passengers on voter registration. “It’s so easy,” she said. Carrasquillo then proceeded to remind her peers about the importance of voting, especially in New Hampshire. “[The] amount of students who vote at UNH could decide this entire election,” she said. Apart from Carrasquillo’s discussion, transportation had a surprising lack of stigma and conversation in the short minutes leading to and from Oyster River High School. Toupin didn’t mind whether students were voting as Republicans or Democrats, nor did she mind whether the coaches were swayed either way. She was just happy to see that students were out voting, she said. “I just want them to vote,” Toupin said. “[It] restores my faith.” Students said they enjoyed the shuttles. Many felt that without them, voting would have been a difﬁculty. “I would have probably have
to have taken a 15 or 20 minute bike ride,” said Peter Smith, a UNH student. “It would have been less convenient.” Freshmen Kaitlin Irish and Kristen Meyer greatly appreciated the rides that allowed them the ease of arriving at the polls. “We wouldn’t have been able to get there otherwise,” Irish said. Meyers agreed. “It would have deﬁnitely been harder. … This is my only opportunity,” she said. But not all enjoyed the Obama advertising. “I took the bus over because I needed the transportation,” said Heather Campbell, a sophomore Republican. “[But] it’s kind of biased.” Republican and ﬁrst-time voter Alex Hodgson said that it didn’t matter whether the buses were proObama or pro-Romney. “People’s votes are pretty locked in … which bus brings them [to the polls] doesn’t matter,” he said. The school lacked any sort of transportation in support of Romney. Students commented on this oddity, including their disappointment in the Romney campaign considering that New Hampshire was considered a toss-up state. “It’s really awkward,” said College Republicans member Alyssa Diblisi. “I tweeted something like ‘that awkward moment when you have to take the Obama bus to go vote’ and I’ve had seven people favorite it already,” she said. “I know they’re all pro-Romney.” Campbell wanted more balance. “I think they need both or none,” she said. “[The Obama buses are] that last little push.”
Student voters were driven to and from campus to cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Three buses and approximately 6 local vehicles (driven by Durham volunteers) constantly drove to Oyster River High School in an effort to get as many students as possible to vote.
NH commission drops suggestion to bury power lines
CONCORD — A New Hampshire legislative commission examining energy projects such as the Northern Pass has dropped a recommendation that the power lines be buried. The commission, which includes lawmakers and ofﬁcials from
several state agencies, was set up in response to the Northern Pass, a proposed hydropower line from Canada that would run through the state. But the commission was charged with exploring the broader question of using state highway corridors for future power lines.
The Concord Monitor reports the group’s initial proposal called for a one-year moratorium on siting any new major transmission lines. It also recommended the Northern Pass lines be buried, to allow it to proceed while protecting the state’s aesthetics.
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First in the nation: Dixville Notch casts midnight vote By SHANNON REVILLE Contributing Writer
DIXVILLE NOTCH — It was a night of firsts in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains region yesterday, as midnight voters in Dixville Notch cast a historic tie in the presidential election. At midnight on Tuesday, following a tradition that has been in place since 1960, all 10 registered voters in the small town of Dixville Notch voted within the first minute of the day, allowing the results to be tallied and released by 12:03 a.m. This made Dixville Notch the first town in the nation to vote.
A handful of Dixville Notch residents predicted that their town’s tie would reflect the overall view of the nation. Five votes went to President Barack Obama, and five went to Mitt Romney. Before the voting even began, town moderator Tom Tillotson, a resident of over 40 years, actually predicted the tie. “It could end up being a tie here this year,” Tillotson said. “I think it would certainly reflect the views of the town.”
Tillotson and his son, Tanner, 24, are perhaps the perfect example of this town’s divide. Tom Tillotson voted for Romney, and his son voted for Obama. “I can tell you that we have had plenty of rigorous debates at the dinner table,” Tanner Tillotson said. This was also the first year neither presidential candidate visited the small town, as well as the first time the voting did not take place in “The Voting Room” at The Balsams Hotel, which has new ownership and is undergoing renovations. This year, it was held at the Balsams Wilderness Ski Lodge. According to town clerk Rick Erwin, the original owner of The Balsams Resort and a latex product factory, Neil Tillotson, was able to get the state to recognize the town of Dixville as an unincorporated place for strictly voting purposes in 1960. Neil Tillotson wanted the residents who worked at his factory not to have to travel great distances on snow-covered roads to vote. The town has done the midnight voting ever since. In 2008, Obama took the majority of Dixville Notch’s vote, making it the first time since 1968 that the town had leaned Democratic. “A lot of things have changed here the past four years, though,” Tanner Tillotson said before the results were released. “We have half the voters we did in 2008, and we lost a lot of our younger, more lib-
The 10 registered voters in Dixville Notch cast their votes at midnight on Nov. 6. eral residents.” He expected the town would lean Republican again. Noah Phillips, 21, a student at Franklin Pierce University, was disappointed with the tie. “I wanted an answer,” Phillips said, although he was happy to have witnessed the historic event. Phillips traveled the winding, snowy roads to Dixville Notch with a handful of classmates, aiming to report the first-in-the-nation voting process for their school newspaper. Dozens of other media outlets
did the same, including CNN, the Associated Press, a few reporters from Montreal and many others. Another town in New Hampshire, Hart’s Location, also does midnight voting. The town started its midnight voting in 1948, stopped sometime in the 1960s, and then revived the tradition again in 1996. Obama won there last night with 23 votes; Romney received nine and Libertarian Gary Johnson got one vote. According to an article by Fox News, Hart’s Location did
not release its results until five minutes and 42 seconds after midnight, making Dixville Notch the definite first-in-the-nation to vote. A handful of Dixville Notch residents predicted that their town’s tie would reflects the overall view of the nation. “I’d say it’s going to be a pretty close race,” Tom Tillotson said.
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Republicans renew their control of the House By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Republicans recaptured control of the House early Wednesday, besting Democrats in a billion-dollar battle and ensuring that the chamber will be dominated by their conservative agenda. Reacting to President Barack Obama’s re-election, House Speaker John Boehner said the voters want both parties to find common ground on repairing the economy. Republicans captured control of the House for two more years early Wednesday, besting Democrats in a billion-dollar battle and ensuring that the chamber will be dominated by their conservative agenda and continue to clash with newly re-elected President Barack Obama. Past midnight in the East, Democrats had knocked off 12 GOP House members —including 10 members of the huge tea partybacked House GOP freshman class of 2010. Republican losers included four incumbents from Illinois, two each from New Hampshire and New York, and one apiece from Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and Texas. Republicans nearly matched, picking up nine previously Democratic seats. Their candidates defeated one Democratic incumbent apiece in Kentucky, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and picked up an open seat each in Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Oklahoma currently held by Democrats who retired or ran for another office. With almost 90 percent of the 435 House races called by The Associated Press, Republicans had won 224 seats and were leading in 15 more. For a majority in the chamber, a party must control 218 seats. Democrats had won 170 seats and were leading in 25 others. It appeared likely that the two parties’ margins in the new Congress would closely resemble the current tally. Republicans control the chamber by 240 to 190, plus five vacancies: two seats once controlled
by the GOP and three by Democrats. Early Wednesday, it remained in doubt whether either party would ultimately have a net gain. Among those re-elected to his seat: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the vice presidential candidate on the defeated GOP ticket with Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney. Shortly after Obama’s reelection was clear, Boehner —reelected without opposition —spoke of voters’ message of compromise. That was a stark departure from the House GOP’s general tone over the past two years, which have been marked by numerous bitter clashes with Obama over deficit reduction, taxes and spending. “If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is critical to solving our debt,” Boehner said in a written statement. Earlier in the evening, Boehner had seemed more combative. “The American people want solutions, and tonight they responded by renewing our House Republican majority,” he said at a gathering of Republicans in Washington. “The American people also made clear there’s no mandate for raising tax rates.” One of the top fights when Congress returns for a postelection session this month will be over the looming expiration of income tax cuts first enacted a decade ago under President George W. Bush. Republicans want to renew them all, while President Barack Obama wants the cuts to expire for the highest-earning Americans. In remarks to Democrats just blocks from where Boehner spoke, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would be “fighting for reigniting the American dream, building ladders of opportunity for people who want to work hard and play by the rules and take responsibility.” Pelosi, who was easily reelected, has not said definitively whether she will continue to serve as Democratic leader. Though 10 GOP freshmen
were defeated on Election Day, 69 of them were re-elected by early Wednesday in the East. Two others were leading in their races but one was trailing. An exit poll of voters conducted for the AP and the television networks by Edison Research showed that just 21 percent said they backed the tea party, which had fueled the big GOP House gains in 2010. The GOP victory in the House contrasted with party’s performance elsewhere on the national stage. Besides Obama’s win, Democrats held control of the Senate and still could add slightly to their numbers there.
tight re-election race was conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann, RMinn. One winner was Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., the Chicago lawmaker who took medical leave from Congress in June and has been at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment of bipolar disorder. His only campaigning has been by automated phone calls to voters. Anti-abortion Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., was re-elected, overcoming reports that he had pressured a mistress to seek an abortion. In Kentucky, GOP attorney
“If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is critical to solving our debt.”
Democrats in Illinois controlled the redrawing of congressional districts after the latest Census, and the new lines proved too tough for several incumbent House Republicans. Conservative tea party freshmen Reps. Joe Walsh and Bobby Schilling lost, as did moderate freshman Robert Dold and seventerm veteran Judy Biggert, a social moderate. Other losing GOP freshmen were Rep. David Rivera of Florida, who was hurt by investigations into his past campaign financing; Ann Marie Buerkle and Nan Hayworth of New York; Francisco Canseco of Texas, Chip Cravaack of Minnesota and both New Hampshire representatives, Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass. In Maryland Democrats defeated 10-term GOP veteran Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland in a race that was preordained after Democrats controlling the state legislature added more Democratic suburbs near Washington to his western Maryland district. Embroiled in an unexpectedly
Andy Barr defeated Democrat Ben Chandler after losing to him by just 647 votes in 2010. Chandler, among a dwindling number of moderate Blue Dog Democrats, has represented the district in Kentucky horse country surrounding Lexington, since 2004 but faced voters who heavily favored Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who easily carried the state over Obama. Republicans also ousted Rep. Larry Kissell of North Carolina, a two-term veteran who was among several Democrats in the state who faced far tougher districts due to GOP-controlled redistricting. In Pennsylvania outside Pittsburgh, Republicans defeated Democrat Mark Critz in what was one of the year’s most expensive races, with both sides spending a combined $13.7 million. Also defeated was Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul of New York, who won a 2011 special election to her seat by attacking Republicans for trying to revamp Medicare. There were 62 districts where no incumbents were running at all,
either because they had retired or lost earlier party primaries or because the seats were newly created to reflect the census. When combined with losses by incumbents, the number of new House members in the next Congress was still below the 91 freshmen who started serving in 2011 —a number unmatched since 1993. Just weeks ago, Democrats had said they could win the 25 added seats they need to wrest control of the House. As Obama’s lead over Romney shrank as Election Day approached, Democrats’ expectations for coattails that would boost their House candidates shrunk as well. Republicans, building off their enhanced control of statehouses, also did a robust job of protecting their incumbents and weakening Democrats when congressional district lines were redrawn after the 2010 census, especially in states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In addition, out of a record $1.1 billion that House candidates and their allies spent in this year’s races, more than 60 percent of it went to Republicans. The economy and jobs dominated the presidential campaign, but there was little evidence either party had harnessed those issues in a decisive way at the House level. Both sides agreed that this year’s election lacked a nationwide wave that would give either side sweeping strength —as occurred when Democrats seized control in 2006 and expanded their majority in 2008, and Republicans snatched the chamber back in 2010. Polls underscored the public sentiment that Democrats had hoped they could use to their advantage. A CBS News-New York Times poll late last month showed just 15 percent of Americans approved of how Congress was handling its job, near its historic lows. And an Associated Press-GfK poll in August showed that 39 percent approved of congressional Democrats while just 31 percent were satisfied with congressional Republicans.
A state-by-state look at superstorm Sandy’s aftermath STAFF REPORT Associated Press
The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 106 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 1.3 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state. CONNECTICUT State’s large utilities say they’ve met their targets on restoring power in an effort that was closely watched after extensive outages last year. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 35,000, down from a peak of 625,000.
Hundreds of thousands go sixth day without electricity, natural gas remains cut off to barrier islands, subway service to New York still suspended. Some schools reopen. Gov. Chris Christie says he got a hug from Bruce Springsteen at Friday’s benefit concert. Deaths: 23. Power outages: 779,000, down from 2.7 million. NEW YORK New Yorkers forced from their homes by the storm allowed to vote by affidavit ballot at any polling site in the state. Deaths: 47, including 40 in New York City. Power outages: more than 456,000, down from 2.2 million.
All polling locations were expected to have power in time for Election Day, only a few by generator. Deaths: 15. Power outages: Fewer than 30,000, down from 1.2 million. RHODE ISLAND Newport officials say it will cost $2 million to repair the city’s famed Cliff Walk, sometimes cited as Rhode Island’s most visited attraction. Power outages: none, down from more than 122,000. WEST VIRGINIA Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention provide hot meals and send food and water to those without power after heavy snowfall. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 33,000,
down from 270,000.
Other states with storm-related deaths: Maryland (4), New Hampshire (1), North Carolina (3), Ohio
(2), Virginia (2).
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The New Hampshire
Voter’s Voices The economy
Ariel Berry Junior
Justine Young Sophomore
Steven Buske Sophomore
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Liz Jelloe Sophomore
$6 billion Jordan Lenes Junior
Benjie Chiampa Junior
What issue matters most to you? Compiled by: Alyssa Taliaferro and Katie Gardner
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Nick Hutchison Freshman
The role of government in my life.
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Richard Kennedy Senior
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Gay marriage, marijuana highlight ballot measures By DAVID CRARY Associated Press
While the general election might not break partisan gridlock in Congress, it could result in historic changes for U.S. social policy: Several states had a chance to be the first to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote and to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Dating back to 1998, samesex marriage has been rejected in all 32 states that have held popular votes on the issue. Gay-rights advocates believed they had a chance to break that streak as Maine, Maryland and Washington voted on ballot measures to legalize same-sex marriage, and Minnesota voted on whether to place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution. Marijuana legalization was on the ballot in Washington, Oregon and Colorado; each measure would allow adults to possess small amounts of pot under a regimen of state regulation and taxation. The Oregon proposal had lagged, but the Washington and Colorado measures were believed to have a decent chance of passage. If approved, the measures would set up a direct challenge to federal drug law. In Arkansas and Massachusetts, voters were deciding whether to allow marijuana use for medical reasons, as 17 states have done previously. Arkansas would be the first Southern state in that group. In California, voters were deciding whether to repeal the state’s death penalty. If the measure prevailed, the more than 720 inmates on death row there would have their sentences converted to life in prison.
Constitutional ban on income tax falls short STAFF REPORT Associated Press
CONCORD — New Hampshire voters have defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have barred an income tax. The proposed amendment gained a majority of the vote but fell short of the two-third approval it needed for passage. New Hampshire is one of only two states with no income or sales tax; Alaska is the other. The amendment’s defeat all but guarantees that New Hampshire’s “anti-tax pledge” will continue to be a hot-button issue in gubernatorial and legislative campaigns. Voters also resoundingly rejected calling a constitutional convention at which delegates could propose future amendments. Another proposal before voters was too close to call: a constitutional amendment that would give the legislature the power to make rules for the court system.
While 17 states have ended capital punishment, most did so through legislative action. Only in Oregon, in 1964, did voters choose to repeal the death penalty; they later reversed themselves to reinstate it. In all, there were 176 measures on the ballots Tuesday in 38 states, according to the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California.
Marijuana legalization was on the ballot in Washington, Oregon and Colorado. All four elections on samesex marriage were expected to be close. In Maine, the latest poll showed gay-marriage supporters with a 13 percentage point lead, down from a 21 point lead in September. Maine’s referendum marked the first time that gay-marriage supporters put the issue to a popular vote. They collected enough signatures over the summer to schedule the vote, hoping to reverse the outcome of a 2009 referendum that quashed a gaymarriage law enacted by the Legislature. In both Maryland and Washington, gay-marriage laws were approved by lawmakers and signed by the governors earlier this year, but opponents gathered enough signatures to challenge the laws. In Minnesota, the question was whether the state would join 30 others in placing a ban on gay marriage in its constitution. Even
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Amanda Jetter celebrates along with others attending an Amendment 64 watch party in a bar after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment’s passage, in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The amendment would make it legal in Colorado for individuals to possess marijuana for recreational use, and for businesses to sell it. if the ban is defeated, same-sex marriage would remain illegal in Minnesota under statute. Gay marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia — in each case the result of legislation or court orders, not by a vote of the people. Other notable ballot measures: — Massachusetts could join Oregon and Washington in allowing terminally ill patients to obtain lethal doses of medication if doctors say they have six months or less to live. — Another contentious mea-
sure in California would require most genetically engineered processed foods sold in supermarkets and other outlets to be labeled as such. — California labor unions were the target of a measure that would prohibit them from collecting money for state political activities from members through paycheck deductions. — In Michigan, labor unions succeeded in getting a vote on a first-of-its-kind ballot initiative that would put collective bargaining rights in the state constitution. — Maryland voters were de-
ciding whether to uphold a new state law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges. — A measure in Montana would require people who receive certain state services to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency. — Oklahoma voters voted on whether to abolish affirmative action programs in state government and education. — Minnesotans were deciding on an amendment that would require showing a photo ID in order to vote.
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The New Hampshire
Obama wins but Washington unchanged In NH reversal, Kuster By BEN FELLER Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s victory means his economic vision is still alive and about to drive the political conversation with his adversaries. The legacy of Obama’s first term is safe and enshrined to history. Obama will push for higher taxes on the wealthy as a way to shrinking a choking debt and to steer money toward the programs he wants. He will try to land a massive financial deficit-cutting deal with Congress in the coming months and then move on to an immigration overhaul, tax reform and other bipartisan dreams. He will not have to worry that his health-care law will be repealed, or that his Wall Street reforms will be gutted, or that his name will be consigned to the list of one-term presidents who got fired before they could finish. Yet big honeymoons don’t come twice and Republicans won’t swoon. And if Obama cannot end gridlock, his second term will be reduced to veto threats, empty promises, end runs around Congress and legacysealing forays into foreign lands. Voters decided to put back in place all the political players who have made Washington dysfunctional to the point of nearly sending the United States of America into default for the first time ever. The president likely will be dealing again with a Republican-run House, whose leader, Speaker John Boehner, declared on election night that his party is the one with the mandate: no higher taxes. Obama will still have his firewall in the Senate, with Democrats likely to hang onto their narrow majority. But they don’t have enough to keep Republicans from bottling up any major legislation with delaying tactics. So the burden falls on the president to find compromise, not just demand it from the other side. For now, he can revel in knowing what he pulled off. Obama won despite an economy that sucked away much of the nation’s spirit. He won with the
highest unemployment rate for any incumbent since the Great Depression. He won even though voters said they thought Romney would be the better choice to end stalemate in Washington. He won even though a huge majority of voters said they were not better off than they were four years ago — a huge test of survival for a president. The suspense was over early because Obama won all over the battleground map, and most crucially in Ohio. That’s where he rode his bailout support for the auto industry to a victory that crushed Romney’s chances. The reason is that voters wanted the president they knew. They believed convincingly that Obama, not Romney, understood their woes of college costs and insurance bills and sleepless nights. Exit polls shows that voters thought far more of them viewed Obama as the voice of the poor and the middle class, and Romney the guy tilting toward the rich. The voice of the voter came through from 42-year-old Bernadette Hatcher in Indianapolis, who voted after finishing an overnight shift at a warehouse. “It’s all about what he’s doing,” she said. “No one can correct everything in four years. Especially the economy.” Formidable and seasoned by life, Romney had in his pocket corporate success and a Massachusetts governor’s term and the lessons of a first failed presidential bid. But he never broke through as the man who would secure people’s security and their dreams. He was close the whole time. “I mean, I looked,” said Tamara Johnson of Apex, N.C., a 35-yearold mother of two young children. “I didn’t feel I got the answers I wanted or needed to hear. And that’s why I didn’t sway that way.” The election was never enthralling, and it was fought for far too long in the shallow moments of negative ads and silly comments. It seemed like the whole country endured it until the end, when the crowds grew and the candidates reached for their most inspiring words.
“Americans don’t settle. We build, we aspire, we listen to that voice inside that says ‘We can do better,” Romney pleaded toward that end. Americans agreed. They just wanted Obama to take them there.
Obama will still have his firewall in the Senate, with Democrats likely to hang onto their narrow majority. But they don’t have enough to keep Republicans from bottling up any major legislation with delaying tactics. Incumbents get no transition, so Obama will be tested immediately. A “fiscal cliff” of expiring tax cuts and budget cuts looms on Jan 1. If they kick in, economists warn the economy will tank, again. Obama, at least, won the right to fight the fight on his terms. “If I’ve won, then I believe that’s a mandate for doing it in a balanced way,” he said before the election — that is, fixing the budget problem by raising taxes on people instead of just cutting spending. Obama is adamant that he will not agree to extend tax cuts for people making above $200,000 or couples with incomes above $250,000. He had not even been declared the winner before Boehner offered a warning that the House was still in Republican hands. “With this vote,” Boehner said, “the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates.” Obama, never one to lack from confidence, is ready to take that fight to Congress.
NH radio interview: Obama gives dating advice to 12-year-old girl STAFF REPORT Associated Press
MANCHESTER — In an Election Day interview with a New Hampshire radio station, President Barack Obama talked about the family and children — and even offered a 12-year-old girl some parental advice on dating. Obama was speaking with Mike Morin and Tracy Caruso, hosts of WZID-FM’s morning show in Manchester. Caruso’s children were in the studio. Her 12-year-old daughter, Taylor, prepared a question: “Mr. President, my mom won’t let me date until I’m 16. Do you allow your daughters to date yet?” Obama said his younger daughter, 11-year-old Sasha, does not yet
seem to be interested in dating. He said for 14-year-old Malia, now in high school, there hasn’t been “anything official” yet.
“Being a parent’s
not too easy, either. We worry about you guys so much because we love you so much.”
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“I would say that you should talk it through with your parents,” Obama said, “and the time will be right where
there’s nothing wrong with a young man coming by, introducing himself, being very proper and polite and making sure that you guys get home at a reasonable time. ... But I’m going to leave that up to your mom to make sure that she sets the ground rules.” Obama added, “being a parent’s not always easy, Taylor. I know you guys think you have it rough, but being a parent’s not too easy, either. We worry about you guys so much because we love you so much.” That drew an appreciative “Awwww” from her. Obama later said he misses his daughters as he’s been out campaigning, and hopefully the family will be able to settle back into more of a routine after the election. He told Taylor: “Make sure you’re doing your homework.”
tops Bass for Congress By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press
CONCORD — In a reversal of 2010, Democrat Ann McLane Kuster defeated Republican Charlie Bass in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District. Meanwhile, the race between incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democratic challenger Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st District was too close to call. With more than 225,000 votes counted, Shea-Porter led by barely 3,000 votes. Bass had held the seat for six terms before being ousted in 2006. He made a comeback in 2010 by narrowly defeating Kuster to win an open seat, but Kuster was the winner Tuesday. Kuster said Tuesday night the race was not about her or Bass, but about the voters and the future they want. “You proved that in the Granite State, we’re ready to put politics aside and do what’s right for the middle class and small businesses, for students and seniors, for veterans and hard-working families all across this district,” Kuster said. Bass told The Associated Press he was pleased with his campaign. “We didn’t leave any stone uncovered,” Bass said. “I have no regrets.” Kuster, a lawyer, lobbyist and consultant, tried to portray herself as a champion of the middle class battling a tea party extremist. Bass emphasized his independence and willingness to reach across the aisle. He also cast Kuster as a big-government, taxloving liberal. Though their families are old friends, things weren’t always friendly this time around. Kuster at one point grabbed a video camera from a Bass staffer. Bass ran an ad depicting her dancing from tax to tax. Both House races had been viewed as among the most competitive in the nation, and advertising money from outside interest groups poured into the state. Sticking largely to their party playbooks, both Democrats highlighted their opponents’ support for the austere budget plan crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan and accused Republicans of wanting to end Medicare guarantees. Guinta and Bass, meanwhile, cast their opponents as big-government, tax-loving liberals. They tried to link the
Democrats to President Barack Obama’s administration, which they blamed for persistently high unemployment and an attitude that government, not the private sector, fuels job growth. Guinta, 42, a former mayor of Manchester, emphasized his focus on job creation, frequently pointing to the nearly 30 job-related bills he backed and the halfdozen job fairs he held in New Hampshire in the past two years. Bass, 60, of Peterborough, emphasized his independence and willingness to reach across the aisle. He said he was proud to be one of eight lawmakers —four from each party —who proposed a budget built around recommendations of the president’s deficit reduction commission even though it got just 37 votes. But it was his vote for the Ryan budget that Kuster, 56, of Hopkinton, frequently highlighted, arguing the plan would harm children, college students and seniors who rely on Medicare. Bass insisted he supports preserving Medicare, but he said changes must be made to prevent it from going bankrupt in 10 years. Shea-Porter, 59, who also hit Guinta on Medicare, argued that eliminating waste and fraud would help the program remain solvent, as would the Affordable Care Act’s focus on preventative care because seniors coming onto Medicare will be healthier. Both Republicans opposed the health overhaul law, saying it has created too much uncertainty for businesses hesitant to hire new workers while the details are implemented. Guinta also blamed Senate Democrats for thwarting House bills related to job creation and the budget, creating more uncertainty for businesses. As he did in 2010, Guinta highlighted Shea-Porter’s vote for the federal stimulus program, which he called a failure that hasn’t helped with unemployment. Shea-Porter argued that the unemployment rate would have been even higher without the stimulus program, and pointed out that Guinta was happy enough to accept stimulus money for the Manchester airport when he served as mayor there. In addition to serving two terms as Manchester mayor, Guinta, a former insurance consultant, also served on the Manchester board of alderman and in the New Hampshire House.
NH Brief Kids pick President Obama, Democrats in mock election MANCHESTER — New Hampshire children participating in a mock election are calling for a Democratic sweep. More than 200 fourth, fifth and sixth graders participated in a mock election Monday at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and
Political Library at Saint Anselm College. By wide margins, the students chose Barack Obama as president, Maggie Hassan as governor, Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st Congressional District and Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in the 2nd District.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Exit poll: independents, Dems boost Obama in NH By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press
CONCORD — Results from an Associated Press exit poll of New Hampshire voters in Tuesday’s elections: OBAMA’S WIN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE Though Republicans had an edge in voter registration before Tuesday, slightly more voters said they think of themselves as Democrats compared to Republicans, with independents making up the largest share. Democratic President Barack Obama had a slight advantage among the more than four in 10 who called themselves independents, though his support among that group dropped from 2008. Obama was strong among liberals and self-described moderates, who made up four in 10 voters. Slightly more women voted than men, and they favored Obama. Young voters, under the age of 25, favored Obama by 2-1 over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and Obama won the backing of those who made less than $50,000. Voters whose an-
nual family income totaled over $50,000 split between Obama and Romney. ECONOMY WORRIES
New Hampshire voters are both greatly concerned and pessimistic about the U.S. economy. Six in 10 named the economy as the country’s top problem, far outpacing those who cited health care, the federal budget deficit or foreign policy. Economy voters were narrowly divided between Obama and Romney, while deficit voters broke for Romney and health-care voters broke for Obama. Roughly three-quarters of voters characterized the U.S. economy as not so good or poor, but they were split on a prognosis: about four in 10 said the economy is getting better, slightly more than said it is getting worse, and about a quarter said it was stagnant. The pessimists favored Romney, who also had a slight edge among those who said the economy is staying about the same, while those who are optimistic about the economy backed Obama by a wide margin. While New Hampshire has one of the lowest unemployment
rates in the country, about four in 10 voters said unemployment was the biggest economic problem facing people like themselves. About a fifth of voters said their family’s financial situation is better today than four years ago. They overwhelmingly favored Obama, who also picked up about two-thirds of those who said their financial situation had stayed the same.
date’s vision for the future was key. Smaller percentages — about one in five — prioritized picking a strong leader or someone who cares about people like them. Obama was strongest among those who sought a caring candidate; Romney was strongest among those looking for leadership.
Voters were split on the 2010 federal health-care law, with those who favor keeping it in place or expanding it about even with those who favor repealing all or some of it. Obama won those who want to keep it as is or expand it, along with more than a quarter of those who want to partially repeal it.
Voters under age 25 favored Obama by 2-1 over Romney. While Romney was just as strong among conservatives as Obama was among liberals, self-described moderates, who made up four in 10 voters, favored Obama. Voters whose annual family income totaled over $50,000 split between Obama and Romney, but Obama was backed by those who made less than $50,000. CANDIDATE QUALITIES About three in 10 said choosing someone who shares their values was the most important quality in a presidential candidate, with a similar number saying a candi-
HASSAN’S STRENGTHS In her bid for governor, Democrat Maggie Hassan drew support from women, unmarried voters and those whose annual family income totaled less than $50,000. Nearly two-thirds of unmarried women backed Hassan, who also was slightly ahead among married women. Independents were also key
to Hassan’s win. While both she and Republican Ovide Lamontagne each captured more than 90 percent of their respective party bases, Hassan led among the four in 10 who consider themselves independents. More than half of voters said government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, and they broke for Lamontagne. But a quarter of them backed Hassan, and her support was even greater among the 4 in 10 voters who believe government should do more to solve problems. EARLY DECIDERS
With its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire voters have been heavily exposed to the presidential campaigns for nearly two years. About one in 10 voters said they waited until the last few days to make up their minds, and about eight in 10 decided before October. The early deciders were more likely to be Obama supporters, while those who made up their minds in the final days were about evenly split between the two candidates.
Republicans attempt to fill more governors’ offices nationally By JIM SUHR Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — North Carolina voters elected their first Republican governor in two decades Tuesday, fanning the GOP’s hope of broadening their party’s hold on governor’s mansions across the country. The victory by former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory came two years after Republicans snatched six governors’ offices in the midterm elections. Those victories gave the party 29 governorships to 20 for Democrats and one independent entering Tuesday’s elections in which 11 gubernatorial races were to be decided. When all the ballots are counted, Republicans could have as many as 33 governorships — the most since the 1920s and one more than they had in the 1990s. McCrory defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to become
Nov. 2 Dylan Mvise, 18, 101 Grove St., Waltham, Mass., 02453, Marston, possession of controlled drugs, 6:00 a.m. Robert Northnagle, 19, 33 Knollcrest Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045, Hubbard Hall, unlawful possession of alcohol, 2:00 a.m. Nov. 3 Samuel Niebling, 19, 10 Queen St., Boscawen, N.H., 03303, Marston House, underage intoxication, 1:38 a.m.
North Carolina’s first GOP chief executive since Jim Martin left office in early 1993. McCrory narrowly had lost his gubernatorial bid in 2008 to Democrat Beverly Perdue, who opted not to run this year. Indiana voters went with Republican Mike Pence, a 12-year congressman who defeated Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham to succeed GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is barred by state law from seeking a third term. Democratic governors are leaving office in North Carolina, Montana, New Hampshire and Washington, raising Republican hopes that at least some of those offices can be flipped to the GOP. But New Hampshire’s governor’s mansion remained in Democratic hands Tuesday, as did those in Vermont, Delaware and West Virginia. Chief executives of conservative North Dakota and Utah stayed in the Republican column with
Tuesday’s re-elections of popular incumbents. They included Jack Dalrymple, who took over two years ago in North Dakota when John Hoeven resigned to move to the Senate. Dalrymple won his first full term, defeating rancher and Democratic state Sen. Ryan Taylor. Recent polls have shown a tight race in Washington state, where the GOP hasn’t occupied the governor’s mansion in more than three decades. The GOP also is competing in Missouri, the latter a state where national Republican and Democratic governors’ groups have poured millions into the race between Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican businessman rival Dave Spence. While federal elections often can be referendums on the national economy, statewide races are often decided by matters unique to those states, including whether voters like
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and trust a certain candidate, a national political observer said Monday. “The races for governor and races for senator are high-profile for each state, and the outcomes will be determined largely by the personalities of those candidates and the issues in those states,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Still, he said, heavy turnout in key swing states in the presidential contest could influence governors’ race as well. “If Republicans are fired up (at the ballot box) and Democrats are lethargic and staying home, it could tip some of the states in the Republican column” in governors’ races, Yepsen said, pointing to the tight contest in neighboring Missouri. “In a state like that, what Jay Nixon is staying awake at night thinking about is If Romney wins big enough
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in Missouri, that could hurt Nixon. There is an undertow.” Kate Hansen, a Democratic Governors Association spokeswoman, said 2012 is a difficult year for Democrats, since they have more seats to defend. But in at least three states, Democrats easily prevailed. Gov. Peter Shumlin won another term in Vermont, Gov. Jack Markell did the same in Delaware and state Sen. Maggie Hassan was elected to lead New Hampshire. Some pundits have suggested there isn’t necessarily a national tide lifting Republicans in governor’s races so much as individual circumstances in a small number of competitive states. Democrats in North Carolina, for example, saw a former governor convicted of a felony in 2010 and the current governor sullied by an investigation that led to charges against her former campaign aides.
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Obama must finish the job he started
hen Barack Obama entered ofﬁce in January of 2009, he inherited a country on the brink of economic collapse. There was little he or anyone else could do at that point to stop the U.S. economy from sliding into the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. Three and a half years later, and the economy is recovering. There have been 32 straight months of private job sector growth. The unemployment rate continues to hover just below 8 percent, as more people are looking for work again after giving up during the worst months of the recession. Obama asked for four more years to complete the economic recovery. On Tuesday, America gave him just that. Obama defeated opponent Mitt Romney in an election that most thought would be a lot closer. The president hauled in 332 electoral votes, compared to Romney’s 206. It was the youth vote that propelled Obama to the White House, as 19 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds voted in this election, even more than in 2008. Throughout the campaign season, Romney attempted to paint Obama’s four years in ofﬁce as a failure, as he contended that the president’s policies had restricted economic growth. In reality, the economy has grown under Obama and the jobs numbers over the past few months have been particularly encouraging. But Obama’s four years in ofﬁce have been marked by disappointment, as well. The president must
improve in many areas in his second term. Where Obama has failed most is in trimming the deﬁcit, as he has only added to America’s debt since entering ofﬁce. The United States is now $16 trillion in the red. Obama has said that he will cut the debt by $4 trillion over the next 10 years through a series of spending cuts and tax increases for the wealthy. He cannot afford to come up short on that pledge.
Obama asked for four more years to complete the economic recovery. On Tuesday, America gave him just that. Obama’s foreign policy has been solid, for the most part. He has used diplomacy rather than force in many Middle Eastern countries, and that has succeeded in building goodwill toward America in some Arab regions. Islamic extremists still present a threat toward American sovereignty, however, as evidenced by the attack on Benghazi on Sept. 11. And Obama’s use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists – and, in some cases, innocent bystanders – presents ethical questions that the president has not yet addressed. The most important question is how far does the president’s power go in
deciding whether someone lives or dies? While his use of diplomacy and support of Arab Spring revolutions have gained America’s allies in some regions, Obama’s widespread use of drones has only fostered hate for America in other parts of the Middle East. He has to amend his policy on unmanned drones and be more transparent about it in the process. Where Obama has excelled is connecting with the American people on important social issues. Whether it is his support of gay marriage, his repealing of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or his stance as pro-choice, Obama has proven time and time again that he understands that all Americans deserve equal rights. Obama has also done an excellent job of supporting higher education throughout his presidency. As states across the country slashed their funding to public universities, Obama helped keep college affordable by increasing funding for Pell Grants and keeping student loan interest rates low. Countless students have been able to afford a college education thanks to these reforms. It was not anywhere close to a disastrous ﬁrst term, as many opponents of Obama have said. But there are improvements that need to be made. He must work across party lines in building a budget, trimming the deﬁcit and maintaining America’s private sector growth. If he can do that while continuing to advocate for important social issues and support higher education, Obama’s second term will be an exceptional one.
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TNH’s favorite election tweets
Following an Election Day on Twitter can be tiring, with the endless stream of information and commentary. But occassionally, there is a humorous tweet amidst the more serious political discourse that lightens things up. These are our favorite tweets from Election Day 2012.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to no more political ads.
Thumbs down to mentions of 2016 already. Thumbs up to no more political ads ... Seriously, it deserves two thumbs up. Thumbs down to people threatening to move to another country. Relax. Thumbs up to Maine, Maryland and Washington for passing gay marraige. Thumbs down to terribly long voter registration lines at the polls. Thumbs up to a respectable concession speech by Mitt Romney.
Pakistan a bigger threat to U.S. than Iran
f the foreign policy debate a few weeks ago proved anything, it is that Romney and Obama have fairly similar policies and both regard a nuclear Iran as the biggest threat to America and the rest of the world. While there is no denying the tension between Israel and Iran, the scale of the threat has been somewhat exaggerated and has caused people to ignore other, potentially larger threats such as Pakistan. The first and foremost misconception is this idea that Iran is building a nuclear missile and will launch it on Israel upon completion. There are two major discrepancies with this idea. The first is that Iran most likely desires nuclear weapons for the same reason every other country aims to have them. It gives the country leverage on an international stage where everyone else also has nuclear weapons. The second point to consider is that while Ahmadinejad and the Iranian government aren’t the most reasonable voices in the international political sphere, they aren’t fanatics. Over the past decades, Iran has had a self-preservationist streak. They are more than aware that a preemptive nuclear strike would be disastrous for the rest of the world and for their own country considering how many nations would oppose it. From a foreign policy perspective, I would consider Pakistan an equal if not greater threat. Unlike Iran, which has yet to develop a nuclear weapon, Pakistan currently has over 100 and is free to produce more. Pakistan’s history hasn’t
Another View Kayvon Ghoreshi The Daily Campus been spotless. They came very close to nuclear conflict with India a little over a decade ago. The 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks had links to Pakistani intelligence. Pakistan has also been involved in giving nuclear technology to other countries and potentially having terrorist ties within its own government. Questions have also been raised when terrorist groups set up shop in Pakistan, most notably Osama bin Laden, who resided surprisingly close to a Pakistani military base. The threat however doesn’t necessarily come directly from Pakistan. I believe they also realize the stakes of a nuclear strike in today’s age. However, the main threat falls in terrorist groups getting their hands on nuclear weapons or Pakistan’s government providing technology to other countries or groups as they have done in the past. These groups are much more fanatical and likely don’t see the rippling consequences of nuclear warfare, and are an even bigger threat if they have links in the Pakistani government. However, there is a reason that the issue of Pakistan is often brushed over. We tend to consider them as an ally. The United States sends foreign aid to Pakistan, their military has supported us on occasion and they have leaders that the United States associates
with. With these factors, we tend to turn a blind eye when Pakistan does something shady, or something happens that isn’t in our best interest. There is also a lingering sense of hypocrisy here. As Israel is allowed to stockpile its nuclear weapons, Iran is called into question for simply following what has been natural protocol for any country. The underlying purpose of the nuclear arms race is that countries have nuclear weapons so as to protect themselves from other countries with the same capabilities. In the same way no one brings a knife to a gun fight, countries can’t bring a traditional military to a table of nukes. This isn’t to say Iran isn’t a priority in foreign affairs. There is a chance that Iran could provide nuclear technology to terrorist groups as well. The difference is that Iran has yet to reach the stage where it can do that, whereas Pakistan has been in that situation for years now. This in no way warrants Iran as the largest international threat or justifies the drums of war and military action that some politicians have been beating as of late. Frankly, you need to ask yourself which would currently pose a bigger threat: Iran acquiring a single nuclear weapon while being heavily sanctioned and opposed by the international community, or a country that already has over 100 nuclear weapons, has acted as a base for extremist groups and has been called into question multiple times for having intelligence tied to terrorist groups.
Thumbs down to waiting for election results. Thumbs up to newsroom pizza.
Thumbs down to eating way too much newsroom pizza. Thumbs up to record numbers of people registering to vote in Durham. Thumbs down to not getting an “I Voted” sticker. Thumbs up to all the volunteers at the polls and on the shuttles. Thumbs down to being too lazy to vote.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The New Hampshire SWIMMING & DIVING
Palumbo penalty kick lifts Wildcats past Danes Roberts leads UNH to win STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Robert Palumbo scored a penalty kick in the sixth round to lift the University UNH 0 of New HampSt. Cloud 0 shire men’s soccer team past the University at Albany in the quarterfinal round of the America East Championship. The teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtimes, but it was UNH advancing 5-4 in penalty kicks. The Wildcats advance to face the University of Vermont in the AE semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. at Virtue Field in Burlington, Vt. The match started out as a defensive battle between the two sides with the first half being limited to only four combined shots. Josh Bronner tallied the only shot-on-goal for either team in the 45th minute of play. The attempt was turned away by Albany keeper Tim Allen. The Wildcats came out strong
in the second half, rifling six shots in the half to the Retrievers’ three. Jordan Thomas notched the first ontarget attempt of the half in the 74th minute of play, while Ugo Uche tallied the other shot in the 80th minute. Each of Albany’s three attempts were off the mark. At the end of regulation, the game went into overtime with the score level at 0-0. The defensive battle ensued again in the extra frames while neither team recorded a shot. With single-elimination being the case, the match was forced into penalty kicks. Albany’s Jeff Pierre was the first to attempt, however he was denied as keeper Travis Worra made a diving save to his right. Thomas took the lead shot for UNH and converted the attempt on a strike to the lower left corner. Retriever Christoffer Nisser got Albany on the board in the penalty kick phase with a shot to the bottom right corner. Jeffrey Turner took the second attempt for the Wildcats but was denied by UA’s
Tim Allen. Brandon Wilson converted next for Albany as he struck the shot to the lower left corner of the net. Lukas Goerigk changed up the pattern and netted his attempt in the top right corner of the net, bringing the tally to 2-2. Anthony Rozzano was successful in the next try for Albany, faking Worra and sending the shot to the middle-left portion of the net. Ryan McNabb leveled the tallies at 3-3 when he sent his PK to the left corner, middle-high between the ground and crossbar. Quintel Gates secured his goal in similar fashion of Rozzano while Alex Hussein scored the next attempt in the same spot. Pomare Te Anau took his shot in the fifth spot of the lineup and was denied by Worra as the netminder dove to his left to block the attempt. Palumbo then secured victory for New Hampshire as he beat Allen to the top right corner of the net. After a grueling double-overtime draw, the Wildcats advanced with a 5-4 victory in penalty kicks.
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Junior Jenni Roberts racked up a trio of first-place finishes to UNH 137 lead the University of Bryant 124 New Hampshire women’s UNH 180 swimming & CCSU 80 diving team to a pair of victories over Bryant (137-124) and Central Connecticut State (180-80) on Saturday afternoon at the Chace Center Pool. UNH (4-0) remained undefeated on the season with the two wins and claimed top finishes in seven of the 14 events. Roberts, the two-time reigning America East Swimmer of the Week, captured the 100-yard butterfly (56.75), 200-yard IM (2:05.28) and 200yard free (1:53.01). Junior Lauren McCandless picked up a pair of top finishes in the 200-yard butterfly and 1,000yard free as she touched the wall in times of 2:05.26 and 10:30.64, respectively. Junior Jenna Bull added a top finish in the 200-yard back
with winning time of 2:07.39. She also picked up a pair of secondplace finishes in the 100-yard back (59.81) as well as the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:09.26. Sophomore Oneida Cooper added a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:12.23, giving the Wildcats a clean sweep in the event. The Wildcats’ 200-yard free relay team edged out a pair of Bryant squads to claim the top spot as senior Shelli Reed sophomore Emily Magnavita, Bull and sophomore Megan Suffel teamed up to post a time of 1:39.47. Suffel also added a runnerup finish in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 59.12, while Reed registered a pair of secondplace finishes in the 100-yard free (53.89) and 200-yard free (1:53.80). Sophomore Adria Morales gave the Wildcats a boost with a runner-up finish in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 2:07.73. The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they play host to Rhode Island at 1 p.m.
DeSmith receives Hockey East honor Seawolves too much for ‘Cats VOLLEYBALL
STAFF REPORT The New Hampshire
Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith of the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the third-straight week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. DeSmith collects this honor for
the fourth time in his collegiate career and the third time in as many weeks. He becomes the first player in Hockey East to collect this award three weeks in a row since Parker Milner did so Feb. 20-March 5, 2012. DeSmith stopped a seasonhigh 42 shots and earned his second shutout of the season on Sunday at Maine. He posted 0.97 GAA and a .974 save percentage during the
weekend. Overall, he stopped 76-of-78 shots on the weekend. DeSmith ranks first in Hockey East in goals against average at 1.54 and save percentage at .947. He is also first in Hockey East league play in those categories as well with a 1.17 GAA and a .962 save percentage. DeSmith and the Wildcats return home Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. against the University of Vermont.
continued from page 20 ond of the night on the rebound of a Hardowa broken stick slap shot from the left point. Kevin Goumas also assisted on the tally, which made it 3-0 through two periods. Maine held an 18-15 shot edge in the frame. The Wildcats added an insurance tally as Greg Burke scored midway through the third period. Van Riemsdyk found John Henrion in neutral ice and he carried the puck through the center and fed Burke on the right wing. Burke’s first shot was blocked, but he rifled another wrister that beat Sullivan to conclude scoring. UNH held a 45-42 shot advantage thanks in part to a 17-9 edge in the first period. The ‘Cats were 1-8 on the power play, while Maine was 0-5 in its extra skater opportunities. The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 against Vermont. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.
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Junior Morgan Thatcher recorded a team-high 13 kills and Stony Brook 3 two other W i l d UNH 1 cats also notched double-figures but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to Stony Brook, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. With the loss, the Wildcats dip to 14-12 overall and 6-4 in America East, while the Seawolves move to 11-12 on the season and 6-4 in conference play. Set scores in the match were 18-25, 25-20, 21-25 and 17-25. In addition to Thatcher, sophomore Destiny Tolliver and freshman Abby Brinkman posted 10 kills apiece. Sophomore Taylor Dunklau led all players with 42 assists, while senior Jessie Schnepp led the Wildcats defensively with 11 digs. The teams were even in the opening stages of the first set before Stony Brook used a 9-1 run to break a 6-6 tie for the 15-7 advantage. UNH trimmed the deficit to seven, but could not get closer as
the home side captured the stanza, 25-18. Once again, the squads were tightly contested in the second set, but this time New Hampshire broke away from the 11-11 even score with a 6-2 stretch to take the lead at 17-13. Stony Brook stormed back to pull within a point at 21-20, but the Wildcats ended the set with four unanswered points to claim the victory at 25-20. New Hampshire opened the third set with a slim 9-6 lead until the Seawolves clawed back to even the score at 11-11. After three more even scores and the teams knotted up at 1515, Stony Brook rattled off a 6-1 stretch for the 21-16 advantage to pave the way for the 25-21. Stony Brook jumped out to a 7-2 lead to open the fourth set, but the Wildcats reeled off seven straight to move out in front at 8-7. Stony Brook answered right back with nine unanswered points to take back the lead, 16-8, and held on for the 25-17 victory to seal the win. The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 9 when they play host to Hartford at 7 p.m.
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The New Hampshire WOMEN’S HOCKEY
‘Cats continue losing ways STAFF REPORT The New Hampshire
The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team Dartmouth 4 fell at DartUNH 0 mouth College Tuesday SLU 2 night by a UNH 1 score of 3-2. The loss SLU 3 drops the UNH 1 Wildcats to 3-7-0 on the season while the Big Green improve to 4-1-0 overall. This loss came after New Hampshire dropped two games to St. Lawrence over the weekend, which included a 2-1 loss on Sunday and a 3-1 loss on Friday. Dartmouth’s Jenna Hobeika nearly got the Big Green on the board early in the first period with a point-blank shot but was denied by Vilma Vaattovaara. Freshman forward Brittney Redlick got the Wildcats on the board early in the first period with her second goal of the season. Sara Carlson passed the puck up to Jessica Hitchcock who found the pass in front of the net. Hitchcock tried to hammer the puck home but the puck squirted over to Redlick who was waiting at the left post and poked it home. The Big Green leveled the score when Hobeika tallied a power play goal to make the game 1-1. Karlee Odland found Camille Dumais who in turn sent the puck to Hobeika in the slot to tally an assist on the play. Dartmouth’s Laura Stacey tallied a goal at 4:11 in the second period when she notched a shot in front of the net that beat UNH netminder Vaattovaara on her blocker side. Hannah Armstrong leveled the score at 2-2 at the
5:47 mark of the period when she managed to net the puck amidst a scrum in front of the net. Kailey Chappell mand Kristine Horn tallied assists on the play. The Big Green took a 3-2 lead with 18 seconds remaining in the period when Lindsey Allen scored in the top left section of the net. The play originated when Hbeika won a faceoff down Dartmouth’s own half of the ice. Stacey found the puck and skated down the ice with it, banging a pass of the wall to herself in the process. She then found Allen in front of the net for the goal. Through two periods of play, Dartmouth held a 3-2 lead. Megan Armstrong made a valiant effort in the third period when she blazed down the ice with the puck and fired a wrist shot from the top of faceoff circle, but the attempt was stopped by Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft. New Hampshire kept the offense coming with shots by Horn and Hitchcock. On the ensuing Wildcat power play, Lauren Kirwan peppered Holdcroft and the Dartmouth defense with shots. Despite the surge in offense, Dartmouth ultimately won the game, 3-2. Vaattovaara got the decision in net for the ‘Cats after making 25 saves on the 28 shots she faced. Her record now stands at 3-6-0. Holdcroft got the win for Dartmouth, making 23 saves on 25 shots. Her record improves to 3-0-0. New Hampshire was 0-for-3 on the power play while Dartmouth was 1-for-5 with the advantage. The squad will return to action Friday, Nov. 9 when they host Boston University for a Hockey East game. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
season, when they were beaten by Albany in their final conference game of the regular season. UNH has made it to the America East championship game the last three years, winning in 2011. Albany started the scoring when they were awarded a penalty stroke at the 9:55 mark. Corinne McConville stepped up and scored, putting the ball low on the right side, just out of Tarbell’s reach. The Wildcats did not manage to get an offensive possession in the Albany zone until 17 minutes in, and their only shot of the half came at 19:15 when Casey Pohlmeyer managed to get some space but was thwarted by America East Goalkeeper of the Year Kristi Troch. Albany’s second goal came at the 22 minute mark, when Albany managed to get a 2-on-1 break led by Jessica Longstreth and America East Offensive Player of the Year Daphne Voormolen. Tarbell came out of the net to try and disrupt Vormoolen’s shot, but she tucked in past Tarbell on the far side of the net to put the Danes up 2-0. At the half, UNH was being outshot 9-1 and had not managed to earn a penalty corner. In the second half, UNH showed some life when Meg Flatley got a shot on net just 12 seconds in, but it scooted wide of the net. Their first corner of the game came at the 45 minute mark, and while their first attempt was unsuccessful, they were able to earn another corner. Pohlmeyer received a pass at the top of the circle from Megan Bozek and took a shot that deflected off of Troch’s pad and cut the Albany lead to 2-1. “We had an offensive penalty corner…I shot [the ball], it wasn’t the best shot, the [Albany] defender actually tipped it in the goal, but it still counts,” Pohlmeyer said, “I think after the goal, the energy level
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Redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Goldrich drops back in the pocket against the William & Mary defense in Saturday’s 28-25 win. Some plays featured both of the quarterbacks on the field, giving the defense an odd look. At the end of the half, the Wildcats led the Tribe 18-7. “In the first half, defensively, it didn’t seem like we were ever in sync,” William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock. The Tribe opened up the second half with possession. On the
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was Oct. 24, 1998. The Tribe struck first in the opening quarter on a 30-yard pass by quarterback Brent Caprio, connecting with wide receiver Tre McBride for a touchdown. The Wildcats could not respond until the second quarter with a 23-yard field goal by kicker Mike MacArthur, cutting into the Tribes lead 7-3. Following an unsuccessful drive by the Tribe, the Wildcats regained possession on the punt and drove 92 yards down the field, ending the with a 18-yard rushing touchdown by running back Nico Steriti. Following the touchdown, quarterback Andy Vailas found tight end Harold Spears in the end zone for a two-point conversion. UNH would score again on their next drive, which began with only 1:14 remaining in the half and starting on their own 30-yard line. The Wildcats took nine plays to drive 70 yards down the field, finishing with a two-yard run by quarterback Sean Goldrich. Goldrich primarily played the quarterback position, but Vailas saw significant time on the field as well.
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drive, the Tribe moved the ball 60 yards down the field, but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by John Carpenter, only cutting their deficit down to eight. Following a short 20-yard possession by the Wildcats that ended with them punting the ball, the Tribe came right back down the field and quarterback Michael Graham – who stepped in for Caprion when he left
Sophomore forward Meg Flatley gets the ball stolen from her by an Albany player in UNH’s 3-1 loss on Sunday in the conference final. was raised and we knew we could get back into the game, but unfortunately they scored soon after that and we got pushed back onto our heels. We had opportunities, but we couldn’t finish.” Albany answered just three minutes later, however, and extended their lead to 3-1 on a penalty corner. The initial pass was high and chased down by the Danes, which allowed McConville to find open space in the circle. McConville received a pass from Kelly Bonner and scored her second of the day, giving the game its eventual final score. For Unh head coach Robin Balducci, Albany’s experience was a major factor in Sunday’s game. “They’ve got a little bit more firepower than we do, they’ve got a little bit more maturity, the experience in the lineup that they have on the field versus ours comes through at tournament time,” Balducci said. “Our big thing was trying to play against them in our style [of play]. We weren’t really trying to do anything different; we needed to stay with what has worked for us. We needed to stay composed with the ball…some of the excitement
and sloppiness of the youth, that’s where that goes down the tubes. The just have a little bit more savvy than we do right now.” Despite the loss though, UNH’s youth has Balducci optimistic for the future. “For these guys to feel a responsibility to be in this game, to look at this game and be comparing the things they didn’t do for freshmen and sophomores, that’s just amazing,” Balducci said. “For us to have an opportunity to play in this championship game goes a long way.” The Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 20 in the country, with a 12-8 record and going 6-1 in the conference. While they are losing their Captain Emma Erler and 3 others to graduation, the Wildcats will return 10 of their 11 starters, including America East Defensive Player of the Year Megan Bozek and seven all-conference players. The future looks bright for this Wildcats team as they look to reload and prepare for another deep run in the conference tournament and try to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.
the game with an injury in the second quarter – connected with Tre McBride for a 19-yard touchdown. Graham found Tre McBride again in the end zone for the two-point conversion. The score was then tied at 18. The fourth quarter began with the Wildcats in possession on their own 46-yard line. They continued their drive, which had begun towards the end of the third quarter, and got into the red zone. Goldrich tried to go to R.J. Harris in the end zone, but was incomplete. MacArthur kicked the 24-yard field goal to put the Wildcats up 21-18. The Tribe regained possession on the kickoff following the UNH score and started their drive on their own 22-yard line. The Tribe drove down the field to within inches of the goal line where Graham scored on a quarterback sneak. The extra point kick was blocked by Lamar Edmonds, but was called back for an offside call on UNH. The second attempt was good and the Tribe led, 25-21. On the fifth play of the following drive for the Wildcats, Goldrich connected with wide receiver Joey Orlando for a 32-yard play. Steriti then ran the ball 19 yards for a touchdown. Following the extra
point, UNH had regained the lead 28-25. Redshirt freshman Keith Parkinson snagged an interception to end the Tribe’s next drive. The Wildcats punted the ball on fourth-down of a seven-yard drive, putting William & Mary back in possession with 0:44 left to play in the game. As time expired, Graham lobbed the ball into the air in what turned into an incompletion. “It didn’t surprise me it was that kind of game with William & Mary,” McDonnell said. Steriti rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. He had 138 all-purpose yards on the day. “Nico is a talented kid,” Goldrich said following the game. “He knows how to find the hole… he worked hard all game.” Linebacker Matt Evans broke Steve Doig’s record for career tackles during the game and continues to lead the FCS in active career tackles with 437. He led the team in tackles for the game with 10. Defensive tackle Jared Smith and defensive end Jay Colbert each recorded a sack in the game. The Wildcats have a bye-week and will take on Towson at Cowell Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17 at noon to end the regular season.
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A somber loss
‘Cats fall to Albany in conference final
FOOTBALL (8-2, 6-1)
By JUSTIN LORING STAFF WRITER
The No. 1 seed University of New Hampshire ﬁeld hockey team was upset in the America East championship Albany 3 game by No. 2 seed AlUNH 1 bany 3-1 on Sunday. With UNH 3 the loss, New Hampshire’s Fairﬁeld 2 season comes to a close. UNH reached the ﬁnals after a 3-2 overtime win against Fairﬁeld on Friday. Junior Hannah Richard led UNH with 32 points for the season and with 14 goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell started in all 20 of the Wildcats’ games, and ﬁnished the season with a 2.24 goals against average as well as 128 saves. The loss marks the team’s ﬁrst loss against a conference opponent since Oct. 29 of last F HOCKEY continued on page 19
MEN’S HOCKEY (5-1-1, 3-1-1)
4 0 UNH
Also: L, 2-1 vs. UMass MEG ORDWAY/STAFF
Senior forward Mary Quill bows her head in disappointment as she and rest of the UNH field hockey team saw their season come to an end Sunday afternoon, losing 3-1 to Albany.
DeSmith blanks Maine STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Sophomore running back Nico Steriti runs past Tribe defenders in a close contest for UNH, as the Wildcats pull out a 28-25 victory.
Close call for Wildcats SPORTS EDITOR
The No. 10 University of New Hampshire Wildcats beat the WilUNH 28 liam & Mary W&M 25 Tribe 28-25 in a closely contested game on Saturday with 5,521 spectators in attendance. The Wild-
Sunday, Orono, Maine
By NICK STOICO
Saturday, Durham, N.H.
cats now have an overall record of 8-2 and the Tribe continues to struggle with a 2-7 record. This victory marks the ﬁrst win over the Tribe by Sean McDonnell since he took over the head coaching position in 1999. The last time UNH beat William & Mary was FOOTBALL continued on page 19
Austin Block scored a pair of goals and Casey DeSmith stopped 42 shots for UNH 4 his third career Maine 0 shutout to lift the No. 9 UniUMass 2 versity of New UNH 1 Hampshire men’s hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 4-0 win over the University of Maine at Alfond Arena. The win comes after the Wildcats received their ﬁrst loss of the season on Friday, an overtime loss against UMass- Amherst. UNH improves to 5-1-1 overall with a 3-1-1 mark in Hockey East play. Maine is now 1-8-0, 0-40 HE. It’s the Wildcats ﬁrst win at Alfond since Dec. 10, 2010. It was UNH’s ﬁrst shutout at Maine since Jan. 17, 1998. DeSmith, who earned his second shutout of the season, stopped 18 and 15 shots in the second and third period, respectively. He improves to 5-1-1 overall with a 3-1-1 mark in Hockey East play. Maine’s
Dan Sulivan turned aside 41-of-45 shots, but falls to 0-6-0. Block matches a career-high with two goals, while Trevor van Riemsdyk and Connor Hardowa each registered a pair of assists in the game. UNH struck ﬁrst on the power play just seconds after a 5-on-3 opportunity expired. Block scored his ﬁrst goal of the game on a one-timer from the left circle. Tick-tack-toe passes from van Riemsdyk to Hardowa on the right slot to Block set up the tally at 3:23 of the ﬁrst. The Wildcats doubled their lead just seconds after a successful kill. Casey Thrush intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and threaded the needle to Eric Knodel, who rushed out of the penalty box all alone and ﬁred a hard wrister at beat Maine netminder Dan Sullivan at 18:43 of the ﬁrst period to make it 2-0. The Wildcats held a 15-9 shot advantage in the period. UNH added to its lead with a goal just as a power play opportunity expired. Block netted his secM HOCKEY continued on page 18
FIELD HOCKEY (11-7, 5-0)
3 1 ALBANY
Sunday, Durham, N.H.
Also: W, 3-2 vs. Fairfield MEN’S SOCCER (6-7-4, 2-3-1)
0 0 UNH
Saturday, Albany, N.Y.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY (3-7-0, 1-2-0)
3 2 DARTMOUTH
Also: L, 2-1 vs. St. Lawrence VOLLEYBALL (14-12, 6-4)
3 1 STONY BROOK
Sunday, Stony Brook, N.Y.
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Tuesday, Hanover, N.H.