8am on a Saturday morning and Democrat volunteers from all over Boston were drinking coffee in the car park of a carpet megastore. It was from here that we’d drive out to New Hampshire.
Few states feel the brunt of the campaign like the Granite State. Its 1.2m inhabitants are under siege, with countless TV adverts and candidate appearances, and hordes of eager canvassers on their doorsteps.
Arriving in Goffstown, we gathered in a quaint tea shop for a briefing. An elderly female volunteer in oversized spectacles shared a joke with a heavily pierced and tattooed young man. The coordinator started with a health and safety briefing: “Never approach a house if you suspect that your safety might be compromised. Look to see if the owner is carrying a weapon.”
I asked if guns were a common problem.
“New Hampshire’s motto is “Live Free or Die” and a lot of people here are proud to exercise the Second Amendment. The good news is that they don’t have a ‘stand your ground’ provision here. That means the law probably won’t protect them if they shoot you.”