First in Nation

Worms last week, politics this week. Hmm. Don’t worry though, this isn’t a political rant just an observation. πŸ™‚

I know that most of you don’t live in a state where politics is a business so I thought you might find this interesting.

This is a list compiled by NBC10 Boston as of March 26, 2019 detailing Β 734 visits to New Hampshire by 2020 political candidates. Think about it – this list is five months old.

Candidate: Β  Visits: Upcoming:
John Delaney US Representative, MD 126 0
Kirsten Gillibrand US Senator, NY 56 0
William Weld Former MA Governor 55 1
Marianne Williamson Author, entrepreneur 44 8
Andrew Yang Entrepreneur 44 4
Corey Booker US Senator, NJ 39 1
Tulsi Gabbard US Representative, HI 35 1
Amy Klobuchar US Senator, MN 31 5
Elizabeth Warren US Senator, MA 36 0
Julian Castro Former Sec of Housing 34 0
Pete Buttigieg Mayor, South Bend, IN 27 2
Beto O’Rourke Former TX Congressman 28 0
Bernie Sanders US Senator, VT 27 1
Tim Ryan US Representative, OH 25 0
Michael Bennet US Senator, CO 24 0
Joe Biden Former VP 17 2
Kamala Harris US Senator, CA 14 2
Bill de Blasio Mayor of NYC 15 0
Steve Bullock Governor, MT 10 0
Tom Steyer Billionaire philanthropist 9 0
John Kasich Governor, OH 5 0
Donald Trump President 3 0
Wayne Messam Mayor Miramar, FL 2 0
Larry Hogan Governor, MD 1 0
707 27

I couldn’t find an updated list, but I did find an August calendar showing candidate visits.

Calendar credit: NHPR

Now consider that NH is approximately 83% forested and only 93 miles across from East to West and 180 miles North to South.

Want to move to NH – beautiful mountains, gorgeous seacoast, and politics year round?

If so, pack your sense of humor, don’t consider a landline with a published number, always utilize the peephole in your front door before opening, check the caller id before answering even a cell phone, accept you’ll never have a conversation that doesn’t include politics, and learn to smile and nod your head without taking a side.

With a three day holiday weekend coming up, we’ll be blanketed with candidates. They must wave to each other as they pass on our two interstates, 93 and 89.

Stay safe and have fun this coming Labor Day Weekend. I’ll do what I always do – work in my gardens and stay off the interstates and away from the candidates and the tourists. πŸ™‚

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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58 Responses to First in Nation

  1. Judy, love your first sentence, is there a difference?

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  2. Fascinating figures. I never thought of the cumulative effect of all that politicking on a small state.

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  3. Oddment says:

    Poor New Hampshire! But I couldn’t help a little chuckle — I do love your subtle joining of the invasives! Aside from your beautiful mountains and gorgeous seacoast, NH sounds like Indiana: throwing my phone against a wall and beating back the tentacles of the news seem to be the only ways to maintain my sanity (such as it is). I will keep your words of wisdom in mind and hold to conversations with tomatoes. Thanks!

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    • I really thought when we cancelled the landline that was the end of the calls, and it was the end of the majority of them. But, now they even have our cell phone numbers. The amount of calls this many candidates generate is downright annoying. Yes, talking about tomatoes is much more satisfying even when they have worms. πŸ™‚

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Worms and politicians……they’re both kinda snaky, don’cha think!!!

    New Hampshire has to be a political zoo come Labor Day weekend. You’re smart to avoid it any way you can.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  5. We may not get as many politicians coming to Georgia but we sure do get the robo calls!

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  6. Joyce says:

    Holy cow! That’s a LOT! I’d compare ’em to a swarm of locusts. You poor gardeners – one thing to battle after the next! I think I’d rather fight worms than this invasive species, though…’s legal to permanently rid your property of the former!

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    I live in Ohio. It’s politics here 365 days a year. It’s horrifying to see how these political wonks spend their time and our money. Never letting a day go by when at least one of them is not in the news. πŸ™„

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    • You certainly understand the issue. Can you imagine an employee going into his boss and saying ‘I’d like to take off from work and look for another job for the next year and a half, but I’d like to continue to be paid during that time and don’t back fill my job.’ It is ridiculous from whatever corner to look at it.

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  8. Wowsah! And to think your neighbor to the north gets very little of that folderol. When I was younger and more of a political wonk, I would have loved it. Probably would have gone to as many as I could fit in my schedule. πŸ˜‰

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    I feel for you, Judy. Here in the small NE state with a late election day, we almost never get candidates, unless their plane was diverted here by bad weather in Boston or New York. I try not to pay attention until it’s down to one-per-party. We might have to let Maddie answer the door. I hope you have nice weather in the garden.

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    Hope you have a nice long weekend, without politics or other unwelcome intrusions.

    I wish politicians put as much energy in doing what’s right for the people they supposedly represent compared to the time spent strategizing their election.

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Oy, I bet Iowans can sympathize. Beach holiday-seekers and politicians– yikes, I’d stay home, too. πŸ˜‰

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  12. I like your plan for the Holiday week-end the best. I’ll most likely do the same! Well, except I won’t be in the garden. πŸ™‚

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  13. I’d be staying out of the way, too. This is interesting to me as we’re watching the final season of β€œWest Wing”, where they’re campaigning. Glad I don’t have to deal with all the calls and people!!


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  14. This all sounds very tedious. Our pre-election periods generally go for four to five weeks, six if we’re really unlucky. I don’t know how you cope with the length of yours.

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  15. Maybe it is because California is so large, or because it is decidedly blue, I haven’t seen much action yet… thank goodness. I’m pretty much “anyone but…” so I’m keeping my head down – and my phone unanswered – until the candidate is chosen. I’m looking forward to Labor Day… or maybe more accurately the week after, when the kids go back to school πŸ™‚

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  16. “…our two interstates.” That says it all, doesn’t it? Florida is a toss-up state each cycle, but we don’t nearly suffer from the seemingly endless mob that you do up there. You do have my sympathies. Carry on and ignore the best you can! – Marty

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  17. Rose says:

    I would not want to be there…I would bury my head in a book if nothing else.

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  18. We have a completely bizarre political non-system.

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  19. germac4 says:

    What an amazing amount of visits! We also get a crazy amount of calls before elections… we have given up our landline and during election campaigns we only answer calls on our cell phones from people we know. After the last election a study showed Robo calls have a 1 per cent success rate! Who is going to give an opinion to an automated caller!
    Have fun in your garden Judy.. so much better!

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  20. Norm 2.0 says:

    This is unbelievable. I don’t know how you folks put up with it. With all this time and money spent constantly campaigning, how do any of them have time to govern?

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  21. J & D > Best to head off into the woods for a long hike!

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  22. KerryCan says:

    I’ve always thought it would be cool to live in Dixville Notch and get to vote first! But this whole, endless lead-up is soooooooo tedious!

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  23. If you and hubby moved there, the population would increase to 14. πŸ™‚


  24. Junieper2 says:

    Have a great weekend in your garden! I never answer my cell phone – too many strange people who want to sell something I don’t want to have, or sign up for:)

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  25. I’ve done political work in several states, and it’s a business pretty much everywhere. Maybe not with the same density (if that’s the right word) as in NH. Sounds like you have a good plan for the weekend. Enjoy!

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  26. Annie says:

    We have a camera at the front door now. That takes care of that invasion. I only answer the cell if the caller is identified, and…like you… we have no landline. If they come to the back door, we’re sunk though.

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  27. joey says:

    Our receptionist is from New Hampshire, and I believe it’s why she does not participate in political conversation. She makes occasional comments while the rest of us rant and rave.
    My condolences.

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  28. bikerchick57 says:

    Judy, I hope you had a wonderful, quiet Labor Day weekend, free of politics.

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