Candidates get ready for New Hampshire

Posted at 10:04 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 10:04:24-05

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The presidential candidates are getting ready for Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, and GOP front-runner Donald Trump is aiming for his first win.

Trump is facing intense pressure to perform after coming in second in the Iowa caucuses.

But he says although he’d like to win in New Hampshire, he doesn’t need to.

Democrat Hillary Clinton faces an uphill campaign in New Hampshire against Vermont’s Bernie Sanders.

Trump ramps up NH schedule

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has ramped up his schedule as he works to close the deal with New Hampshire voters the day before they head to the polls.

Trump will be holding a rally at an Elks Lodge in Salem, followed by town halls in Manchester and Londonderry.

He’ll cap the night with a rally at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Trump is facing pressure to translate his poll numbers and rally crowds into votes after a second-place finish in Iowa last week.

Meanwhile, speaking to MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday, Trump said Iowa’s caucus system is “complex” and he feels he can win New Hampshire’s Tuesday primary.

Rubio says he did ‘great’ in debate

UNDATED (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he feels he did “great” in the last Republican presidential debate and is optimistic that he will do well in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Speaking to “CBS This Morning” Monday, Rubio refrained from attacking his rivals, particularly Govs. Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, who say the freshman senator doesn’t have the experience needed to be president.

He dismissed critique of his performance at Saturday’s debate, saying Monday that it was his campaign’s “Despite what people want to say, it was our greatest fundraising night.””greatest fundraising night.”

Instead, he is emphasizing his strong third-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucus, asserting that he has a chance to do equally as well in New Hampshire.

Sanders asked to drop American Legion emblem from campaign

UNDATED (AP) — The American Legion has asked the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to “cease and desist” from using the organization’s emblem in campaign fliers.

The American Legion wrote to Sanders’ Senate office that it did not have permission to use the emblem in his campaign fliers.

Sanders’ campaign didn’t immediately return a request seeking comment.

The American Legion has twice complained to Sanders officials since Jan. 22 about the use of the emblem in campaign materials. A Feb. 1 letter from the American Legion obtained by The Associated Press warns that “any further communication about it will be through our trademark attorney in the appropriate forum.”

An earlier report in a New Hampshire paper said that Sanders had used the images of pastors and veterans in his fliers.

Snow arrives in primary state

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting another round of snow just in the time for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

The snow is expected to start Monday morning and last into early Tuesday, primary day. Many polls open at 7 a.m. The snow is heading from south to north; a number of schools have closed for the day or are dismissing students early.

Most areas will see several inches, with up to 8 inches possible in coastal areas.

The forecast calls for wind at 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, and temperatures in the lower 20s.