The Pulse of New Hampshire

Bellwether town Ashland goes own way, picking Paul

Ashland, New Hampshire, a town that has gone the way of the state in all but two Republican primaries since 1952, narrowly bucked tradition last night. The voters backed Ron Paul over Mitt Romney by three votes, with the final tally showing 137 for Paul and 134 for Romney.

January 9, 2012

Debates reinforce some voters’ views

Craig Moore likes Mitt Romney. He’s all but committed to voting for him. But to his ear, Romney’s performance in this weekend’s debates descended at times into a rehash of his ads - particularly one that’s been airing on a seemingly endless loop. For Moore and other voters in Ashland, N.H., the final debates before Tuesday’s Republican primary offered a small cruelty: Too little reinforcement of favored candidates and not enough grist for eliminating candidates from contention.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/21ashlanddeficit_photo2.jpg In N.H. town, residents see no easy fix for US deficit

People in Ashland, N.H., which almost always picks the state’s GOP primary winner, are struggling to name their own solutions for the country’s fiscal woes.

November 21, 2011

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/21ashpione--90x90.jpg Health care? N.H. residents not buying it

In Ashland, a central New Hampshire working class town, health care is an afterthought for many as they sort through their choices in the upcoming GOP primary.

CHERYL SENTER FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

December 26, 2011

GOP hopefuls leave small N.H. town cold

In the bellwether town of Ashland, conservative and moderate voters alike say it is difficult to make a case for any of the Republican presidential contenders.

October 13, 2011

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/02ashland2-433--90x90.jpg A look at five undecided GOP-leaning voters in Ashland, N.H.

Five undecided voters share their favorite candidates and candid thoughts on the GOP race to the White House.

October 13, 2011

GOP debate does little to cement Ashland voters

In Ashland, N.H., which has voted the way of the state in all but two primaries, the debate reinforced frustration with the Republican field.

October 2, 2011

N.H. town has penchant for picking winners

As goes Ashland, so goes the state in GOP presidential primaries, making it the perfect perch to gauge 2012’s political free-for-all.