This photo taken Oct. 5, 2012 shows independent voters Joe and Thyra Galli taking a break during their daily walk to watch fishermen, in Portsmouth, N.H. Thyra plans to vote for Obama a

 

              This photo taken Oct. 5, 2012 shows independent voters Joe and Thyra Galli taking a break during their daily walk to watch fishermen, in Portsmouth, N.H. Thyra plans to vote for Obama a
This photo taken Oct. 5, 2012 shows independent voters Joe and Thyra Galli taking a break during their daily walk to watch fishermen, 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)