Reporters, politicians are flooding into New Hampshire this week for Tuesday’s Republican primary.
MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 12, 2012 — Inside the St. Anne-St. Augustin Roman Catholic church, it’s time for Sunday Mass. But outside on the street, journalists are waiting to interview potential voters as they exit the chapel.
Fifteen-year-old Nathan Bailey says all the out-of-towners who come here once every four years don’t really appreciate New Hampshire’s uniqueness.
“They’re not really looking for the culture from up here – like the ‘New Hampsha’ – but they’re more looking for what they’re used to,” Nathan said.
And what, exactly, is “New Hampsha?”
“Well we have our little accent up here and I guess people look at us as kind of rednecks.”
But other New Hampshirites say they enjoy the political media circus because it provides at least some excitement in a long, cold winter.
This story was co-published with public radio station WAMU.