New Hampshire Political Portrait

October 8, 2012 - 3:34 PM
In this photo taken Oct. 5, 2012, Joe Galli, an independent voter, holds up a sign for the team he'll be voting for in November, in Portsmouth, N.H. New Hampshire's nickname is "the Granite State" but there's nothing solid about its political landscape. Independent voters have been the reason in recent presidential elections. Today, former factory towns to the south _ Manchester and Nashua _ typically vote Republican as do the rural small towns up north, while state capital Concord and university towns like Durham, Dover, Keene and Hanover tend to lean Democratic. And the entire state is peppered with independents like Joe and Thyra Galli of Portsmouth. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)