Candidates Make Final Granite State Pitches During Winter Storm, Because New Hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE — A winter storm struck the Granite State this afternoon and will continue through the evening and into the night, dropping 3-6 inches of snow before the morning of primary day.

The big question with any storm on or around the day of a primary is whether it will affect turnout — but New Hampshirites are accustomed to the snow, with robust road-plowing efforts and sand and salt distribution. 

Roads were still passable Monday afternoon and the snow is expected to let up by 6 a.m. Tuesday. So it appears that most of the storm’s effects will be felt Monday afternoon and evening as the 2016 candidates are making their final pitches to voters.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich did a press conference in the snow without a hat on, picking up a light dusting of snow on his hair.

Snow begins to fall as Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks to reporters outside the public library in Plaistow, N.H. (AP/Jim Cole)
Snow falls as John Kasich talks to reporters outside the public library in Plaistow, New Hampshire, Monday. (AP/Jim Cole)

The Salem (New Hampshire) Patch site reported that the heaviest part of the storm is being felt south of the Manchester area and along the seacoast.

WMUR-TV reported that the nor’easter is “way, way out to sea,” but the back edge of it is touching New Hampshire, dropping bands of snow. The roads are “certainly sloppy out there,” meteorologist Mike Hadded said, and travel will be affected through early Tuesday morning.

Sen. Marco Rubio's bus drives through the snow to tape a radio interview at the Barley House in Concord. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Marco Rubio’s bus drives through the snow before a radio interview in Concord, New Hampshire, Monday. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

“Having said that, this is not going to be a blockbuster storm,” he added. “This will not be a paralyzing storm, but what it will do is create trouble on area roadways.”

The Boston Globe said that Tuesday’s weather will be “decidedly New Hampshire” — cold and cloudy with a chance of snow. New Hampshire’s secretary of state predicted a record turnout tomorrow in the state, despite the weather.

Rubio goes with the hoodie look in the snow outside Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Florida Republican Sen. Rubio goes with the hoodie look in the snow outside Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, Monday. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

Former state Attorney General Thomas Rath told the Globe that the “first-in-the-nation primary” is one of the state’s “most prized political possessions,” so he didn’t expect turnout to be affected. “It has snowed here before. We are a hardy lot. Snow is not going to keep us away,” Rath said.

[sharequote=”center”]“It has snowed here before. We are a hardy lot. Snow is not going to keep us away.” -Thomas Rath, former N.H. attorney general[/sharequote]

Voters still packed rallies for GOP candidates Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump, as well as for Democratic hopefuls Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday afternoon despite the storm reports.

People wait in line to enter a campaign event for Donald Trump in Londonderry, N.H. (AP/David Goldman)
People wait in line in the snow for a Donald Trump event in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Monday. (AP/David Goldman)
Snow collects on piles of T-shirts for sale outside Trump's event in Londonderry. (AP/David Goldman)
Snow collects on piles of T-shirts for sale outside Trump’s event in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Monday. (AP/David Goldman)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tossed a snowball at a reporter filming him disembarking from his campaign bus Monday.

Jeb Bush throws a snowball at a member of the media. (AP/Steven Senne)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush throws a snowball at a member of the media Monday. (AP/Steven Senne)

And supporters of the various candidates posted on social media about how the storm wasn’t deterring them from their primary eve duties.

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