At the stroke of midnight, voting begins in the New Hampshire primary. Dixville Notch in the White Mountains is the first to cast ballots. Then the rest of the state gets its say starting at 7 a.m.
The rallies, the speeches, the crowds and the candidates. Parts of New Hampshire are in party mode, gearing up for Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary. But, in the Upper Valley, it's been a fairly quiet election cycle.
"I would describe it as confused, undecided, not knowing what we are going to do. Not full of a lot of energy," said Karen Cervantes, a life-long Republican. Cervantes usually has a campaign sign posted out front. But not this year.
"Since I was 18 years old I have been involved in politics and this is the first time in my history of poll standing that I won't be poll standing, because I don't know who I am going to vote for," she said.
She says that she'll pick her candidate at the polls -- like many undecided voters heading into Tuesday's election.
"I was a huge Cain supporter and when he dropped out my enthusiasm left with him," she said.
At the State's largest hospital, DHMC, the enthusiasm surrounding this year's primary is waning as well for workers like Frank McDougall. "A little disappointed at some of the other candidates," he said. Only two of the remaining candidates, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich, accepted the hospital's invitation to speak at the facility.
"This time around there is much more focus on job creation and the economy perhaps than there is on healthcare," McDougall said.
On the Dartmouth College Campus Monday there was also little sign an election is taking place. Some students say the college already had its moment in the sun during a debate held on campus this past October. "Things were really chaotic and really fun. I mean there were signs everywhere. The green was packed supporting every candidate so I kind of feel that has come with the debate," said Melanie Wilcox, with the Dartmouth College Republicans club.
The Hanover and Lebanon electorate tends to lean left and with no serious Democratic contest this primary, students had to jump in the car to catch a candidate on the stump. Wilcox and fellow republicans did just that for Mitt Romney. "I saw him on Friday at an event at the Tilton School. It is about an hour away from here," she said.
And that face-to-face interaction -- what the New Hampshire Primary is known for -- just might have sealed her vote. "I think any one of them would be great. But I also think that Mitt Romney would be the best leader and that is what we need right now in the White House," she said. "I want somebody who can beat Obama."
The latest poll by Suffolk University shows Romney with a double digit lead in New Hampshire. Followed by Ron Paul, and Jon Huntsman. But, New Hampshire voters are known to be unpredictable and the undecided voters could have a huge impact Tuesday at the polls.
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