Inside the arena, the roar was deafening when Hillary Rodham Clinton took the stage at the annual convention of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Thousands of people jumped to their feet to welcome their party’s White House front-runner with cheers and noisemakers emblazoned with her campaign logo.
Outside the hall, a far less joyous conversation was taking place.
“She kind of turns me off,” said Marsha Campaniello, a 63-year-old real estate appraiser from Concord, as she walked out of the arena. “But I’d rather have a Democrat in there as opposed to a Republican.”
At ice cream shops and book stores, at summer fairs and fall festivals, Clinton is running into voters such as Campaniello and their questions about her character and her commitment to the liberal values they hold dear.