Dan Lothian on primary day in NH
January 11th, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Dan Lothian on primary day in NH

I've been covering New Hampshire primaries since 2004. It's a political process that puts the candidates up close with independent minded voters. They need more than one handshake and a chance meeting at the corner of Main Street to seal the deal.

But this time around voters were looking for much more and struggling to make a choice.

As we found out in the final hours on Tuesday some voters only made up their minds in the last week, the last day or the last minute.

At the hottest polling places in Manchester, New Hampshire, the candidates made one final pitch amid a crush of supporters and the media.

And walking the gauntlet was first time voter, 19 year-old Melissa Rose and her mother Donna. Both were still trying to find clear skies in what has been a murky political process.

Donna Rose finally settled on a choice but Melissa walked into the polling place still undecided. She said she would make her decision when she walked in and pulled the curtain.

Inside Ward One, as voters streamed in to pick their candidate, moderator Dianne Beaton saw signs of uncertainly. "Even as they're walking up, they're saying I still don't know who I’m going to vote for."

Some voters blamed their indecision on the Republican field itself, saying the candidates failed to inspire them in a convincing way.

Mia Langley, a Ron Paul Supporter, said, "I think Mitt Romney has the best chance against Obama however I agree more with Ron Paul where he stands on the issues.”

Back at the voting booth, Donna Rose was in and out quickly. Her daughter Melissa stayed behind the curtain for almost a minute and a half.

Emerging from her first voting experience no longer undecided, Melissa declared, “I ended up voting for Ron Paul.

Melissa’s mother declined to say who she voted for but seemed convinced her choice was the right one and certain that her mystery candidate has what it takes to beat President Obama in November.

In the end the "anything but Mitt Romney" candidate ended up being Mitt Romney himself. The polls that had him way out front moved very little once the final votes were casts.


Topics: Lothianisms • New Hampshire

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