Older voters in New Hampshire close ranks behind Romney

Powered by older voters, Mitt Romney won an unmistakable nod of approval from New Hampshire in the GOP presidential sweepstakes. In a state with a history of primary surprises, the former Massachusetts governor breathed a sigh of relief when the votes were counted. He won 40 percent, comfortably higher than his 31.5 percent showing in 2008 when he was runner-up to John McCain. Fifty-six percent of GOP primary voters were over 50 years old, and 4 in 10 of those …

Older “indies” could be the wild card in New Hampshire

Ah, New Hampshire – home of the flinty independent voter. The “Live free or die” state is one of the few that allows registered “indies” to vote in either the GOP or Democratic presidential primary. But, come next Tuesday, what rational indie would waste a vote in the Democratic primary, a yawner with just President Obama on the ballot, when you could mix things up in the Republican primary? Forty percent of New Hampshire’s registered voters are independent. In a …