Given the state’s tendency to favor fiscal conservatism and small government, as well as Romney’s natural advantages in the state, the Romney campaign says it’s poised to win in the competitive battleground. …

President Obama, meanwhile, won New Hampshire in 2008 by a solid 9 points (54 percent to John McCain’s 45 percent), and he intends to win it again. Back in December, the Obama campaign said that New Hampshire was included in four out of the five possible paths to the necessary 270 electoral votes. When asked about it this week, the Obama campaign said New Hampshire is still an important part of its path to victory. …

The latest poll, conducted for WMUR by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center on July 5-15, showed Mr. Obama leading Romney 49 percent to 45 percent — within the poll’s 4.3 percent margin of error. The race has tightened from earlier this year, when Mr. Obama had a stronger lead.