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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There have been a lot of amazing, nail-biting match-ups over a half-century of Super Bowl games, with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers involved in ones sports fans will remember forever.

The “wide right” kick in Super Bowl XXV, the upset in XXXVI that started a dynasty and the catch in XLII that thwarted a perfect season; all will live on in football lore.

These is by no means an exhaustive list of the classic contests in Super Bowl history, but here are nine, unranked games that are unforgettable.

Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

Looking for their first Super Bowl title since 2004 — an eternity for New England fans — the Patriots looked to be dead in the desert. The Seahawks had just completed an unbelievable circus catch and were on the verge of back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

Enter Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie free agent out of tiny West Alabama. With second-and-goal from the 1-yard line, the Seahawks inexplicably chose to pass and Butler promptly jumped Russell Wilson’s throw, securing the interception, giving the Patriots their fourth Super Bowl title since 2002. It was a coaching decision that will go down in infamy and a play that will be remembered as one of the greatest in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl III – New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts

It was the third Super Bowl and the upstart AFL had yet to win a championship over the old guard NFL. The Colts were highly favored against the Jets, but days before the big game, future Hall of Famer Joe Namath made a guarantee that his team would win. This was unheard of and laughed at during this time period. Baltimore was 13-1, the Jets just 11-3. This seemed like a lock for the Colts.

But Namath came through on his promise and led the team to an amazing 16-7 upset victory. It wasn’t even that close, as the Jets were up 16-0 in the fourth quarter and gave up a touchdown towards the end of the game. Namath threw for 200 yards and was named MVP, and classic footage of him wagging that No. 1 finger in the air would be shown for year and years to come. The AFL, soon to be AFC, had arrived and deserved respect.

Super Bowl XXXVI – St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots

Before they were the NFL’s version of the “Evil Empire,” the Patriots were the underdog team heading to Super Bowl XXXVI, led by their 6th round pick out of Michigan, Tom Brady. The St. Louis Rams or “The Greatest Show on Turf” as they were known, were looking to get two Super Bowl titles in three years. On paper, the gamed seemed like a total mismatch, with the Rams 14-point favorites.

On the field, the Patriots proved to be a worthy match. With a game plan that limited Rams star Marshall Faulk, the Patriots entered the fourth quarter with a 17-3 lead. But Kurt Warner led two touchdown drives to tie the game, and it seemed the safe play for the Patriots would be to play for overtime. But as NFL fans have seen regularly time and time again, coach Bill Belichick and Brady rarely settle for the conventional. Brady came out firing, and got the Patriots into field goal range at the Rams 30-yard line, setting the stage for Adam Vinatieri to attempt a game-winning kick. Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal went right down the middle, giving the Patriots their first title and completing one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XXV – Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants

In the Empire State showdown, the Bills breezed through the playoffs, crushing the Raiders 51-3 in the AFC Championship to make it to the big game looking to cement their place in history as one of the great all-time NFL teams. But the gritty Giants, led by former backup QB Jeff Hostetler, were up to the challenge and the five future Hall of Famers the ’91 Bills boasted at the time, including Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Andre Reed.

The Bills took an early 12-3 lead and looked to have the game in hand, before the Giants scored right before the half. In the end, the game was decided by a missed Scott Norwood field goal, which went wide right, helping the Giants top the Bills 20-19 in the closet game in championship history at the time. The Bills would represent the AFC in the next three Super Bowls, only to fall short each year. But their run is still impressive and started against New York.

Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

This was the game that really solidified Joe Montana as “Mr. Clutch.” The 49ers took home their third Super Bowl win on the back of Montana and MVP Jerry Rice. The Bengals had actually finished the regular season with a better record than San Francisco behind an impressive running game, featuring the likes of Ickey Woods and Boomer Esiason.

But after leading the game 13-6 heading into the fourth quarter, Montana and Rice showed why they were one of the best duos in football history. Down 16-13 with 3:20 left in the game, Montana drove the team 92 yards down the field for the game-winning touchdown with just 39 seconds left.

Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

It was a game billed as the culmination for the Patriots, who were to be crowned the NFL’s greatest all-time team. The Pats were looking to finish their season 19-0, joining the 1972 Dolphins as the only other team to complete a perfect season. But the Giants, who finished their regular season 10-6, were ready.

The G Men stifled the explosive Pats offense all game long and were down 14-10 when New York QB Eli Manning threw to David Tyree on fourth down, with Tyree making an incredible one-handed catch with only moments left to go. The Giants eventually scored on a pass to Plaxico Burress to take the lead and the game 17-14.

Super Bowl XIII – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Two of the NFL’s flagship franchises battled at the Orange Bowl in Miami as they tried to become the first franchise in league history to win three Super Bowls. In a high scoring game that featured fourteen future Hall of Famers, the Steelers, led by Terry Bradshaw’s four touchdown passes, prevailed in a 35-31 victory.

However, the lasting image from Super Bowl XIII would come from Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith. A Hall of Fame player who spent all but one year of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Smith was playing in his first Super Bowl. With his team down by seven in the third quarter, Smith dropped what would have been a game-tying touchdown pass in the end zone, a highlight that has been replayed for years. The team settled for a field goal, as Smith and his teammates were left to wonder how the game would have turned out had he caught Roger Staubach’s pass.

Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans

After Kurt Warner stepped in for injured starting QB Trent Green, the future Super Bowl MVP led the Rams to a surprising 13-3 regular season record. The Titans finished with the same record behind Steve “Air” McNair and their stingy defense.

With the Titans trailing late in the game, they had one final shot with six seconds to go from the Rams’ 10-yard line. McNair hit one of his favorite targets — wide receiver Kevin Dyson — who looked to be on his way for a last-second score to tie the game. But linebacker Mike Jones tackled Dyson at the 1-yard line, ending in a 23-16 win for the Rams.

Super Bowl XXXII – Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers

Broncos quarterback John Elway was a future Hall of Famer but a multiple Super Bowl loser heading into the 1997 season. But led by running back Terrell Davis, the Broncos ended the regular season 13-3 and looked primed to head back to the big game. The Packers were the defending champs, led by another iconic QB — Brett Favre.

The game was a classic. Elway’s determination to win his first championship was shown in one epic play where he helped his team regain the lead early in the second half, running for a first down and jumping in the air, only to get hit and be spun around like a helicopter. The game was later tied with a few minutes to go until Davis scored the go-ahead touchdown, leading the Broncos to a 31-24 win.

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Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ben Carson is here to stay, despite the ups and downs of his campaign.

“For many months, the political class, pundits, the media have tried to ignore or bury me,” Carson said in his closing statements during Saturday night’s Republican debate hosted by ABC News. “They say that politics is too complex and too sleazy. You can’t survive.

“Well, guess what? I’m still here. And I’m not going any place, either.”

Before voting began on the night of the Iowa caucuses, Carson’s campaign made known that the former neurosurgeon will be returning to his home in Florida to get new clothes.

This led to rumors that Carson would be dropping out, which Carson made clear was not the case.

“Well I’m gonna go on with the campaign no matter what happens on Tuesday,” Carson told ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson on “Strait Talk” moments after the debate.

Carson said he wouldn’t end his campaign unless his supporters felt otherwise.

“The breaking point for me will be when the millions of people who are still pushing me forward, who are still donating, if they say we’ve had enough, I’m out of there in two seconds,” Carson said.

And how will Carson know his supporters feel that he should end his campaign?

“We have a tremendous social media contact and also with their money,” Carson explained.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The campaign trail can take presidential candidates to some pretty interesting places.

Along with all of the diners, town halls and colleges these presidential hopefuls visited, they also went to some pretty fun places.

Here’s a virtual tour:

No B.S. Backyard BBQ

Several Republican presidential candidates went to a series of barn parties in Rye hosted by former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown called “No B.S. Backyard BBQ.” In early November, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted the following picture of hot dogs while he was in attendance.

Awesome setting for a no BS BBQ in NH. Thanks for the dogs @SenScottBrown! pic.twitter.com/jcNw4hnZzP

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 3, 2015


Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stopped at “the largest arcade in the world, founded in 1952” by a man who still works there every day in Laconia, according to Funspot’s website.

Ted Cruz and daughters play a round of mini golf at The Fun Spot in Laconia, NH. #nhpolitics #FITN pic.twitter.com/RJgo0ztNZo

— Kailani Koenig (@kailanikm) October 3, 2015

Target Shooting

Granite State voters met Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore at a target shooting practice in Belmont. Gilmore even gave shooting tips to reporters and the crowd in attendance at the Belmont Firearms and Range.

With Bob Gillespie owner of Belmont Firearms and Range in NH. Giving tips to reporters/crowd. #FITN #nhpolitics pic.twitter.com/1YuVTkcCak

— Jim Gilmore (@gov_gilmore) February 4, 2016


Hundreds went to see Carly Fiorina speak while also enjoying a glass of wine. Labelle Winery in Amherst hosted the event in early January.

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BernieSanders.com(NEW YORK) — Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders flipped the tables and did an impression of comedian Larry David while standing right next to him onstage during an episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Asked how New Hampshire was going, Sanders replied, “Well, it’s pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good,” referencing David’s famous line from his show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Saturday was the first time the two doppelgangers stood side-by-side since David debuted his instant-Internet sensation impression of the presidential hopeful on “SNL” last fall. David hosted the show Saturday night.

During a “Titanic”-esque skit, David was arguing he should be given a spot on the sinking ship’s lifeboat because he was from a wealthy family.

“Hold on, hold on, wait a second. I am so sick of the one-percent getting this preferential treatment,” Sanders boomed, coming on set waving his finger and wearing a vest and newsboy cap.

“Enough is enough,” he continued, delivering one of his go-to campaign lines. “We need to unite and work together if we are all going to get through this.”

“Sounds like socialism to me,” David retorted.

“Democratic socialism,” Sanders replied.

“Huge difference,” he continued in his accentuated Vermont-via-Brookyln accent. Sanders is the longest-serving independent in Congress and a self-described democratic socialist.

The senator introduced his character as “Bernie Sanderswitzky.”

“But we’re gonna change it when we get to America, so it doesn’t sound quite so Jewish,” he said.

Sanders would be the first Jewish president if elected.

On the trail, Sanders has embraced David’s rendition of him. Ahead of the TV appearance, Sanders’ campaign added a special splash page to BernieSanders.com featuring a picture of Larry David. The fundraising page referenced one of David’s jokes about Sanders’ small-donation, anti-super PAC campaign, asking readers to contribute their “vacuum pennies.”

After David’s first appearance as Sanders, when he teased him for his clothes and rough-around-the-edges look, the senator joked with reporters he did in fact own more than one pair of underwear.

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Katy Perry performs at Super Bowl 49; Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Super Bowl halftime show normally features the biggest names in music, who are often veteran performers. This year’s headliners, pop/rock band Coldplay, aren’t on the level of past headliners like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, but they’re a bit more seasoned than the headliners from the last two years: Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.

Coldplay, who just released a new album, A Head Full of Dreams, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. They’ll take the stage with some help from past headliner Beyonce and, rumor has it, Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2014. Special guests have also been teased for today’s 12-minute performance.

It’s more than been ten years since Janet Jackson’s notorious “wardrobe malfunction” scandal of 2004 led the NFL to turn to “safe” classic rock acts. In addition to the Stones and Springsteen, we saw Paul McCartney, The Who and Tom Petty take the stage over the past decade. Contemporary pop returned to the scene in 2011, when the Black Eyed Peas took the stage; no wardrobe malfunctions ensued.

The NFL took a risk in 2012 with one of pop music’s most controversial stars, Madonna, but the only controversy that emerged from that was courtesy of one of her invited guests, M.I.A., who flipped the bird during the performance. In 2013, Beyonce delivered a widely-acclaimed performance, though some felt her outfit and her gyrations were a bit racy.

Early in her career, Katy Perry had been a bit controversial due to her #1 hit “I Kissed a Girl,” and for her cleavage-baring outfits, but last year, her spectacular headlining show went off without controversy, to great critical acclaim and record viewership.

But believe it or not, the trend of having major pop, rock and country music stars appear at the Super Bowl halftime show only dates back to 1991, when New Kids on the Block performed. Before that, the halftime show usually consisted of marching bands, older stars like Chubby Checker and Ella Fitzgerald, or the G-rated vocal troupe Up with People. That’s because initially, the halftime show was designed to entertain the audience in the stands, not those viewing at home. As the New York Times puts it, “It was decades before the NFL realized that the halftime show plays not to the stadium but to the camera.”

But after ’91, it was all stars, all the time, especially in 1993, when Michael Jackson, the reigning King of Pop, sang “Heal the World” with thousands of children. Writes the Times, “It was one template for the Super Bowl shows that eventually followed: a superstar, big hits, a cast of thousands and graphics for blimps to photograph from above.”

Here’s a reminder of who’s played Super Bowl halftime shows in the modern era:

1991 — New Kids on the Block
1992 — Gloria Estefan
1993 — Michael Jackson, performing with 3,500 children
1994 — Country stars Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna, and Naomi Judd
1995 — Patti Labelle, Miami Sound Machine & Tony Bennett
1996 — Diana Ross
1997 — ZZ Top, James Brown, the Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi
1998 — Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, the Temptations, Queen Latifah
1999 — Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
2000 — Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
2001 — Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige
2002 — U2
2003 — Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2004 — Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Kid Rock, P. Diddy
2005 — Paul McCartney
2006 — The Rolling Stones
2007 — Prince
2008 — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2009 — Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
2010 — The Who
2011 — Black Eyed Peas
2012 — Madonna
2013 — Beyonce (and Destiny’s Child, briefly)
2014 — Bruno Mars feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2015 — Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz & Missy Elliott
2016 — Coldplay, Beyonce and guests

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ABC(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — With the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary just three days away, the leading members of the Republican presidential field gathered on a debate stage in the Granite State Saturday night to draw distinctions between themselves and offer what amounted to closing arguments to voters here.

Moderated by World News Tonight anchor David Muir and This Week co-anchor and ABC’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, the debate featured heated exchanges among the seven candidates invited to appear: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

Here are nine moments that mattered at the debate, hosted by ABC News and partners WMUR-TV, the Independent Journal Review the Republican National Committee and held at Saint Anselm College:

1. Christie Riles Up Rubio

A fiery exchange erupted early in the debate when Christie attacked Rubio, arguing that the Florida senator is too inexperienced to be president.

“That’s not leadership. That’s truancy,” Christie said, taking a swipe at Rubio’s attendance record in the Senate.

Rubio pushed back, saying that when New Jersey was hit with a snowstorm in January, Christie “didn’t even want to go back.”

“The shame is that you would actually criticize somebody for showing up to work,” Christie said.

2. Trump Says He’ll Save People “Dying On The Street”

If elected, Trump said he would repeal Obamacare and replace it “something so much better.”

Without going into too many specifics, Trump said that his plan would make people “compete” for insurance in the free market — a move he said would prevent people from lying “on the street dying.”

“We’re going to take care of people that are dying on the street,” he pledged. “You’re not going to let people die, sitting in the middle of a street in any city in this country.”

3. Carson and Cruz Re-Litigate Iowa Caucuses Controversy

Carson hit Cruz over his campaign’s attempt to suggest that the former neurosurgeon was suspending his campaign on the day of the Iowa caucuses.

“Washington ethics basically says if it’s legal, you do what you need to do in order to win,” Carson said. “That’s not my ethics. My ethics is, you do what’s right.”

On stage, Cruz apologized to Carson, but did not commit to firing the members of his campaign team who took the actions: “When this transpired, I apologized to him then, and I do so now,” Cruz said. “Ben, I’m sorry.”

4. Rubio on Repeat

Rubio drew criticism after using a similar line during the debate again…and again…and again.

“And let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing,” Rubio said.

When Rubio started the line again, Christie knocked him for it: “There it is. The memorized 25-second speech.”

But that didn’t stop the Florida senator from completing the line a third time: “We are not facing a president that doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows what he is doing.”

And a fourth: “I think anyone who believes that Barack Obama isn’t doing what he’s doing on purpose doesn’t understand what we’re dealing with here, okay?” Rubio said.

5. Jeb’s Millionaire Moment

Bush said he’d like to have more top earners in response to a question of whether America should tax its richest.

“I’d like to see more millionaires,” Bush said. “I think we need to grow more millionaires. We need to create a prosperity society where people can rise up.”

6. Candidates Discuss Torture

Cruz said he didn’t think waterboarding was considered torture under the law and that he “would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use.”

Trump said he would bring it back and more: “I would bring back waterboarding and I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

Rubio responded: “We should not be discussing in a widespread way the exact tactics that we’re going to use, because it allows terrorists and others to practice how to evade us.”

7. Cruz Gets Personal

Responding to a question about what he would do about the problem of drug addiction, Cruz shared the emotional story of his half sister Miriam‘s struggles with drug addiction that ultimately led to her death.

“My father and her mom divorced when she was a little girl and she was angry her whole life,” Cruz said. Cruz went on to describe how his sister became a single mom, went to jail several times and landed in a crack house.

“I still remember my father and me driving up to get Miriam out of that crack house to try to convince her, she needed to be a mom to my nephew, Joey,” Cruz recalled.

8. Bush Confronts His Old Friend

The moderators reminded Bush about a comment he made in 2012, saying at the time that Rubio was “ready to be vice president” and contrasting that with his contention this week that the Florida senator accomplished “nothing in the Senate.”

Bush pointed out that when they were both under consideration for the No. 2 spot by then GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Rubio said the same thing about him.

“I think we were both right at the time and Mitt picked somebody else,” Bush said. “So, let’s move onto the 2016 race.”

9. Super Bowl Preview

The debate wouldn’t have been complete without a question about the other competition this weekend: the Super Bowl.

Kasich and Trump were outright for the Carolina Panthers; Christie, for the Denver Broncos.

Bush said he was rooting for Denver because Peyton Manning supported him. Upon hearing Bush’s answer, Rubio flipped his own, saying “Well, I was going for Peyton manning, but now I’m rooting for Carolina.”

Cruz, “with an eye to February 20,” catered his answer to South Carolina’s potential caucus-goers.

And, “with 100% certainty,” Carson predicted that either the Broncos or the Panthers would win tomorrow’s championship game.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — After two small planes collided in midair off the coast of Southern California on Friday, officials were still trying to locate two men and one woman on Saturday.

According to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV, the U.S. Coast Guard transitioned the rescue operation with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to a recovery operation on Saturday.

The crash happened off the San Pedro harbor, close to Angel’s Gate lighthouse, at about 3:30 p.m. PT Friday, the Coast Guard said.

In one plane were two men ages 61 and 81, and in the other aircraft was a 72-year-old woman, according to the Coast Guard and KABC-TV.

The Coast Guard said all pilots held pilot licenses and were experienced flyers, according to KABC-TV.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio met one of his biggest criticisms during the GOP debate on Saturday night again…and again…and again.

“And let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing,” Rubio said.

“Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing,” Rubio said a second time.

When Rubio started the line again, Christie pointed out the repeated comments: “There it is. The memorized 25-second speech.”

But that didn’t stop the Florida senator from completing the line a third time: “We are not facing a president that doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows what he is doing.”

Later on, Trump pushed back at Rubio: “I disagree, respectfully, with Marco,” he said. “I think we have a president who, as a president, is totally incompetent and he doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

But Rubio wasn’t done. He made the statement a fourth time. “I think anyone who believes that Barack Obama isn’t doing what he’s doing on purpose doesn’t understand what we’re dealing with here, okay?” Rubio said.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been named the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player of 2015.

The 26-year-old received the honor on Saturday night at the NFL Honors show.

Out of a panel of 50 sports journalists who cover the NFL, 48 votes went to Newton while quarterbacks Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each got one vote, according to ESPN.

Newton’s coach, Ron Rivera, was also honored Saturday night and received coach of the year honors for the second time in three seasons.

Both Newton and Rivera were unable to attend the event in San Francisco as they were preparing to face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium the next day.

Newton holds 45 total touchdowns with 3,837 passing yards and 636 rushing yards. He led the Panthers to a 17-1 record this season with 35 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about the audience at the Republican debate prompted a surprising response: a chorus of boos.

“That’s all of his donors and special interests out there,” Trump said when the crowd responded to a jab from Jeb Bush on eminent domain.

“Donors, special interests — the people that are putting up the money,” Trump said. “The reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money.”

Recent federal filings show that Trump has been funding a substantial portion of his campaign with his own dollars. Earlier this fall, he was using mostly donations from people supporting his campaign.

The debate audience consists mostly of New Hampshire residents, including a mix of local college students, guests of the candidates and the media, as well as top national and state Republicans.

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