Feb 7, 2016 2:16 PM

Primary brings attention, business, crowds to NH; some ready for it to be over


MANCHESTER - Just a few days away from the primary and all eyes are on New Hampshire. Every four years, the contest draws thousands of visitors to the state including campaign workers and representatives from the media.

"No one has an opportunity, other than Iowa, like New Hampshire does," said Barbara Keshen of Concord, who's watched the spectacle for many years.

"A lot of people I've spoken to are still undecided, so they're going to be paying attention to this weekend," said Christopher Messier, of Manchester.

With all the political traffic coming through the state, local businesses see some concrete benefits.

“It’s been a big, big help. There has been a lot of new faces, definitely driving our business this week, almost a record-breaking week,” said Joseph Provencher, who works at Moe's Italian Sandwiches.

Along with the candidates and their entourages, multiple news outlets flood the state. So much so that parking has turned into a major challenge, especially in the snow.

“I’m sure the four-wheel Uber drivers in New Hampshire made a lot of money last night,” said Kareen McKelvey, who works for NBC.

The excitement of the primary also draws many from out of state, including a few Hollywood faces, like actor Sam Waterston, from Law and Order.

"I've been here a very short time but my sense is that people are being really careful in their choices and really paying attention," Waterston said.

While many have enjoyed the lead up to Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary, some are ready for it all to be over.

"I’ve been getting phone-calls, I've had enough,” said one woman. “Mail is enough, enough. I’ve been getting something from Hillary every damn day!”


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