Still, to many, the embrace of Obama reinforces New Hampshire’s steady march to the left. Long a reliably Republican-leaning state, New Hampshire trended left with the 2004 election, when it backed John Kerry.
The shift picked up steam in 2006 and again in 2008, when voters handed significant victories to Democrats, including Obama.
In 2010, voters in the mid-term elections swung right, tossing out Democrats and installing a raft of Republicans.
Tuesday represented, to some, a swing back to the purple, if not blue category.
Harold Fink, 69, a retired postal worker from Manchester, was among the ranks of independent voters who came aboard to support Obama. “I didn’t trust Romney,” he said.
That feeling only grew when Romney aired an ad that misleadingly implied Chrysler was shifting Jeep production to China. “That’s when I knew for sure,” he said.
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