Obama’s New Hampshire Win: Cities

President Barack Obama carried New Hampshire for the second straight election on Nov. 6 partly by maintaining his big margins from four years ago in the state’s three biggest municipalities.

Obama beat Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 55-44 percent in Manchester, 56-42 percent in Nashua and 65-34 percent in Concord, according to a Political Capital analysis of vote returns from the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office.

Those are essentially the same vote breakdowns from four years ago, when Obama beat Republican presidential nominee John McCain in New Hampshire and nationwide. Romney actually ran slightly behind McCain’s 2008 performance in all three municipalities, even as he did better than McCain statewide. Obama’s vote share in New Hampshire fell to 52 percent from 54.4 percent in 2008, while Romney won 46.4 percent compared with 44.7 percent for McCain in 2008.

While Romney outran McCain in most New Hampshire jurisdictions, he did so by margins too modest to keep Democrats from carrying the state for the third consecutive election. Democrats last accomplished a New Hampshire three-peat in 1944, when Franklin D. Roosevelt won the state for the third time in a row.

New Hampshire was among nine states where Obama and Romney spent most of their time and campaign resources. During the general election campaign, television ads from the candidates and their allies ran 46,654 times on stations that reached New Hampshire voters, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.

Obama carried both of New Hampshire’s congressional districts, helping Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster unseat Republican incumbents.

Obama beat Romney by 50-48.4 percent in the 1st District, which includes Manchester, Dover and Derry. Shea-Porter beat freshman Rep. Frank Guinta by 49.8 percent to 46 percent. Guinta unseated Shea-Porter in the 2010 election.

The president outpaced Romney by 53.9-44.3 percent in the 2nd District, includes Nashua and Concord. Kuster beat incumbent Charlie Bass, who was seeking an eighth term, by 50.2 percent to 45.3 percent. Bass beat Kuster in 2010.

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