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N.H. voters speak

Some Granite State voters have decided whom to support, but many others are still making up their minds

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January 6, 2008

"We've been very close to all of them, shaking hands, looking at them in the eyes. I think he [Obama] can pull people together."

Steve Simons, 75, a retiree from Hollis who is registered undeclared and is leaning toward Democrat Barack Obama but is still open to Democrats Hillary Clinton and John Edwards

"I have decided that I am not going to let a person's chances determine my vote."

Michael Tressler, 61, an electrical engineer at BAE Systems in Nashua who is registered undeclared and leaning toward Republicans Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul

"This time around, it is kind of different. I am still looking at everyone right now."

Gaylin Shekleton, 39, of Manchester, who works in receiving at BAE Systems and is a registered Republican

"His energy seemed to explode after the caucus. They all have marketing campaigns surrounding them, but there's something about him that seems to transcend the marketing campaign."

Jack Swartz, 60, of Nashua, a human relations director who is an undeclared voter, speaking about Obama

"Romney's experience as a businessman is something that appeals to me, where Rudy has the tough guy, New York thing going and he's not going to take anything from anybody."

Patricia Fawcett, a small business owner from Londonderry who is a registered Republican considering Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani

"First, the man turned around New York City and got results there, and second, his stand on terrorism. . . . This guy's got to have nerves of steel to react and respond the way he did in a crisis."

Kevin Smith, a New Hampshire state employee who hosted a house party for Giuliani in Litchfield

Compiled by Bryan Bender, Scott Helman, Sasha Issenberg, and Brian C. Mooney of the Globe Staff

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