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New Hampshire quick to divorce candidates, not marry them


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Washington Examiner:

LACONIA, N.H. -Three weeks out from the New Hampshire primary and voters in the Granite State don't seem to have settled firmly on one of the Republican presidential candidates.

Or so one might conclude after interviewing voters in the Lakes region north of Concord in Laconia, which like the state as a whole voted for John McCain over Mitt Romney by 37 to 32 percent in 2008, or nearby Meredith, where McCain did slightly better and Romney slightly worse.

"Not interested" was the most common response, reflecting perhaps not indifference but an unwillingness to talk in the freezing air.

A few declared forthrightly for Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who have been leading in polls here. One man was for Romney "till he made that $10,000 bet."

Former state Senate President and House Speaker Stewart Lamprey, who has voted in every Republican presidential primary since candidates' names began appearing on the ballot in 1952, has forthrightly endorsed Jon Huntsman and gets applause at a Huntsman event in Meredith.

But former legislator and Deputy Secretary of State Bob Ambrose, at the same event, has "not yet" decided, though "I kind of liked what I saw."

That seemed to be the case with most of the 100 people who on a bright sunny afternoon came out to see Huntsman at Inter-Lakes High School.

"I think I have decided on someone and then my mind gets changed," says one man. It seems to be a pattern. Republicans may believe in traditional marriage, but they have been pretty quick to divorce a candidate.snip
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