Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters at the White Mountain Athletic Club in Waterville Valley, N.H., on Dec. 1. The Republican establishment has flexed its muscle in New Hampshire’s presidential primaries for years. But in the unpredictable 2016 election, the state’s standard political playbook faces challenges on two fronts. Trump’s brash brand of populism is resonating with voters, sustaining a commanding lead in statewide preference polls for months.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters at the White Mountain Athletic Club in Waterville Valley, N.H., on Dec. 1. The Republican establishment has flexed its muscle in New Hampshire’s presidential primaries for years. But in the unpredictable 2016 election, the state’s standard political playbook faces challenges on two fronts. Trump’s brash brand of populism is resonating with voters, sustaining a commanding lead in statewide preference polls for months. Jim Cole AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters at the White Mountain Athletic Club in Waterville Valley, N.H., on Dec. 1. The Republican establishment has flexed its muscle in New Hampshire’s presidential primaries for years. But in the unpredictable 2016 election, the state’s standard political playbook faces challenges on two fronts. Trump’s brash brand of populism is resonating with voters, sustaining a commanding lead in statewide preference polls for months. Jim Cole AP

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