In this brief, authors Ken Johnson, Dante Scala, and Andrew Smith discuss demographic forces that are reshaping the New Hampshire landscape. They report that the voting population of New Hampshire is among the most mobile in the United States. More than 30 percent of the potential voters are new to the state’s electoral process since 2008. These younger voters and recent migrants have the potential to change the political landscape of the state in the coming presidential primary and November election. The new young voters tend to be more liberal than their older contemporaries. These younger voters also identify less with the Republican Party than do the oldest New Hampshire voters, whose ranks have been sharply diminished by mortality since the 2008 election. They conclude that demographic change has significant implications for the upcoming presidential primary and the subsequent November election.

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Winter 1-26-2016


National Issue Brief No. 95


Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

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