At a John Kasich town hall, as he is ramping up the crowd with rhetorical questions of asking for support, he looks excited and passion. He paces in front of the crowd of over 100 voters with big smiles on their faces and they meet cry for support with a few claps and meek cheers. He ends the cheer with the final question of whether or not this voter will join him in his relentless attack of the presidency. I expected her to jump out of her chair and yell in support. She responds instead with a confident “Perhaps”.
This voter’s indecision, even when hyped up and rallied by a presidential candidate, is a perfect explanation of New Hampshire’s indecision. The voters are not going to jump on the backs of a candidate they don’t know about. These voters have the opportunity to explore all candidates and attend a myriad of townhalls--they don’t have to be locked down to a candidate until they have all of the information. Especially this year, when there were up to 17 different candidates for the Republican side and a tight Democratic race, the ability to not know who you want is a right that New Hampshire voters hold near to their hearts.
When calling different voters across the state, I have heard plenty of times that they are “undecided” or “still looking at the candidates”. They often report this with pride-- proud of their state being able to have the option gathering all of these political powerhouses in one area to decide what they want to do. The people of New Hampshire have not made up their minds and proud of it.