People vote at a polling place at the Canterbury Town Hall polling station in Canterbury, New Hampshire February 9, 2016.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
CONCORD -- New Hampshire is where White House campaigns sink or take flight, where American presidents are made– that is the reputation of the Granite State, and its people take it to heart, revisiting candidates across the aisle time and again before deciding and casting their votes.
The presidential aspirations of several governors and senators are on the line, and many of their candidacies may not survive past Tuesday night, when the results of this contest will finally be settled after months of retail campaigning.
On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders of neighboring Vermont holds a commanding lead over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the polls. She hopes for a repeat of her showing here in 2008, when the former secretary of state defied expectations and beat then-senator Barack Obama.
Republicans are in a brawl for second-place finish to Donald J. Trump, who continues to lead the pack by double digits. Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are all vying for enough support to stay alive through future contests in South Carolina and Nevada.
Follow me as I travel the state to speak with voters about the issues driving their vote.