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Gateway to the Primary: Part 5

Throughout most of the campaign, the war in Iraq has been the number one issue concerning likely New Hampshire Primary voters, from both the main parties. But recently other issues have taken precedence.

In a new University of New Hampshire survey out this week, Democratic voters say health care is now on a par with the war as an election issue. Republicans say illegal immigration and the economy are now more important as they decide their votes.

GOP State Senator Bob Letourneau lives in the town of Derry in southern New Hampshire and says, "You're not hearing so much about the war anymore. You see that the surge is working, and the news coming out of Iraq is positive every day."

We've been reporting on opinions among Derry voters all this week. Today, we conclude our series, "Gateway to the Primary," with a report from WBUR's Fred Thys on what they have to say about the war in Iraq.

Audio for this story will be available on WBUR's web site later today.

To listen again to all the reports in our series, "Gateway to the Primary," and to check out our interactive map of Derry, click on the links below. This series was produced by WBUR's Mark Navin, with web elements created by WBUR's Jesse Costa and Margaret Evans.

This program aired on December 21, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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