In this photo taken Oct. 5, 2012, independent voters Thyra and Joe Galli read up on political news on Internet and with print newspapers at their home in Portsmouth, N.H. Thyra plans to

 

              In this photo taken Oct. 5, 2012, independent voters Thyra and Joe Galli read up on political news on Internet and with print newspapers at their home in Portsmouth, N.H. Thyra plans to
In this photo taken Oct. 5, 2012, independent voters Thyra and Joe Galli read up on political news on Internet and with print newspapers at their home in Portsmouth, N.H. Thyra plans to vote for Obama and Joe is supporting Romney. 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, former factory towns to the south _ Manchester and Nashua _ typically vote Republican as do the rural small towns up north, while state capital Concord and university towns like Durham, Dover, Keene and Hanover tend to lean Democratic. And the entire state is peppered with independents like Joe and Thyra Galli of Portsmouth. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)