Joe Galli

In this photo taken Oct. 5, 2012, Joe Galli, an independent voter, holds up a sign for the team he’ll be voting for in November, in Portsmouth, N.H. New Hampshire’s nickname is “the Granite State” but there’s nothing solid about its political landscape. Independent voters have been the reason in recent presidential elections. Today, the fast-growing towns in southern New Hampshire typically vote Republican as does the rural north, while the seacoast city of Portsmouth, state capital Concord and university towns like Durham, Keene and Hanover tend to lean Democratic. Democrats still have an edge in voter registration in the state’s two largest cities, Manchester and Nashua, though Republican congressional candidates prevailed there two years ago. And the entire state is peppered with independents like Joe and Thyra Galli of Portsmouth. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)