Filing for the 2012 New Hampshire Primary
Filing Period October 17-28, 2011
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The date of the primary was not yet known, but 44 candidates filed to appear on the New Hampshire Primary Election Ballot comprising 30 Republicans (18 in person, 10 by mail and 2 by representative) and 14 Democrats (3 in person, 10 by mail and 1 by representative). 

[PHOTOS below courtesy of the respective campaigns]

PRESS RELEASE from Fred Karger for President

October 17, 2011
Contact: Rina Shah
Karger First to file to be in New Hampshire Primary

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Californian and former Reagan aide Fred Karger turned in his paperwork, his cashier’s check for $1,000 and officially filed to run in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary this morning.  Karger was the first candidate to personally present his check and paperwork to New Hampshire’s Secretary of State Bill Gardner on the day filing opened in this first-in-the-nation Primary state.

“I wanted to be the first Republican candidate for President to personally file for the New Hampshire Primary - whenever it may be.  We were there right when the office opened at 8:00 am sharp.”

Karger was the first to announce his intention to run for President, the first to form an exploratory committee, the first to hire staff in New Hampshire, the first to run a commercial in NH, the first to win a NH straw poll, the first to hold a Town Hall Meeting in NH and the first to file for President with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC back on March 23, 2011.  

Today, Karger becomes the first openly gay candidate to ever file to run in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary of either major political party.  He is currently residing in Manchester, NH, having leased a home there for seven months.

“History was made today in New Hampshire.  On behalf of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans I am so proud to take this historic step,” concluded Karger.

The cashiers check was drawn from his hometown bank, the Wells Fargo branch in Laguna Beach, CA. Fred signed the official Declaration of Candidacy (RSA 655:47) on the historic 200 year old desk used by all Presidential candidates entering the NH Primary.
Fred had an impromptu news conference after turning in his paperwork.  There was a lot of media at the Secretary of State's office.

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman fills out his declaration of candidacy.

PRESS RELEASE from Buddy Roemer for President

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2011
Contact: Carlos Sierra


Manchester, NH- Governor Buddy Roemer, GOP candidate for President, will be filing his official paperwork to be on the New Hampshire ballot. As a four-term Congressman, former Louisiana Governor and founder of Business First Bank, Roemer is uniquely qualified to be President. He reentered the political scene in order to fight against the corrupting infulence of money in politics and has pledged to not take PAC money of any kind, while limiting campaign contributions to $100.
In a statement dated October 5, Roemer broke ranks with the other GOP presidential candidates and expressed support for the Occupy Wall Street movement’s goal to combat the influence large banks and corporations have on Washington. “Too-big-to-fail banks have only gotten bigger thanks to government bailouts, and as president, I will end the corporate tax loopholes that un-American corporations take advantage of only to ship our jobs overseas. Fair trade not Free trade.”
His statement continued, “Money in politics has created institutional corruption. Both parties are guilty of taking the big check and are bought by Wall Street. My campaign is the only one that speaks out against this and I look forward to the day lobbyists are not allowed to donate to campaigns.” 

Americans ought to unite together and demand an end to the corruption and greed that poisons our political and financial systemes; Tea Partiers; and Occupiers; Democrats and Republicans - for this movement is an American movement and is not going away
Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Governor Roemer Files papers for NH Primary Ballot

New Hampshire State House, Room 204

107 North Main Street
Concord, NH

Governor Roemer will be available afterward for members of the media
PRESS RELEASE from The White House, Office of the Vice President
October 18, 2011
Vice President Biden to Travel to New Hampshire

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, October 20th, Vice President Biden will travel to Plymouth, New Hampshire where he will deliver remarks at Plymouth State University on jobs and the economy. The Vice President will continue to call on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act piece-by-piece, beginning with a proposal awaiting Senate action to provide funding to prevent teacher layoffs and keep police officers and firefighters on the job. 

Later, the Vice President will travel to Concord, New Hampshire to file campaign paperwork at the New Hampshire State House.

Additional media details are forthcoming.


    Image via NH Journal

Screen grab from Romney for President video

PRESS RELEASE from Bachmann for President
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2011
Contact: Alice Stewart

Bachmann Files Primary Paperwork in New Hampshire

Washington, DC - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann filed today the necessary paperwork to appear on the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot. The Bachmann for President campaign mailed the papers and the $1000 filing fee to the Secretary of State's office in Concord, NH.

"I'm thrilled to take this important step on the road to securing the Republican nomination for president," Bachmann said. "The people of New Hampshire are a vital part of the process and I look forward to sharing my message with more people in the Granite State."
PRESS RELEASE from Gary Johnson 2012


October 28, 2011, Manchester, NH -- Presidential candidate Gary Johnson today filed for the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, arriving at 11:15am to formally add his name to the state’s ballot.

“As the first-in-the-nation primary state New Hampshire is an important focus for our campaign,” Governor Johnson said. “I’ve spent a lot of time in New Hampshire -- even biking across it -- and look forward to continuing to take my message to the voters of this great State.”