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NH Primary: Advocacy Groups Going "Out With the Old Year"

December 31, 2007

Concord, NH - The New Year marks an end to New Hampshire's political "season in the sun." When the presidential candidates leave town next week, a lot of advocacy groups will shut down or go into hibernation after months of putting the issues in the primary spotlight.

Steve Varnum with Priorities New Hampshire says that's ironic because interest in politics has only begun to catch on for many voters.

"The traction for us is really the most exciting story, and we think that's pretty good news in the media scrum that is the New Hampshire primary."

Varnum says his organization, for example, promotes what it calls "sensible spending priorities" in the federal budget, a message he feels that will continue to resonate on the campaign trail in the coming months. A recent poll showed 67 percent of voters support the message.

Although some groups will be scaling back when the polls close, Varnum notes many have worked to build grassroots foundations that will keep their goals alive long after the big money campaigns end. He believes these groups will ultimately be the most effective, because they engage people year-round, not just at election time.

John Robinson, Public News Service - NH