PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Voting is under way in New Hampshire in the first in the nation presidential primary. And candidates are still doing everything they can to get these highly valued votes.
Monday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush held his last Town Hall event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His final pitch started out by embracing the Bush dynasty.
“Look, I'm a Bush. I'm proud of it. Let's get this out of the way real quick,” he said. “I love my brother. I just love him and adore him. For people who have a problem with that, they're just going to have to get over it.”
Bush continued by restating the qualities he believes a president should have: a steady hand, a backbone and a servant’s heart.
“There will be adversity in some fashion, and we need a president with a steady hand, someone whose compass points north, someone that can deal with adversity differently than what we've seen in this administration,” he said.
While in New Hampshire, Bush said he has attended about 100 events in Town Hall settings, people’s homes and iconic diners.
“I've had the chance to interact with people. They've asked me extraordinary questions; they've given me their advice. They told me with great regularity they hadn’t made up their mind. And now we are getting to the end of this and I just want to say thank you," he said.
Weezie Vance of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, said the Granite State takes its job very seriously when it comes to voting in the first-in-the-nation primary.
“It’s fun. I had to educate myself. I didn’t know anything about any of the other candidates. Jeb wasn’t even on my radar,” she said.
Vance said this week she has been candidate-shopping.
“I’ve seen all the candidates. Pretty much all of them, even Trump,” she said.
Vance said hearing Bush speak Monday night confirmed whom she would be voting for.
“Jeb seems like a solid candidate. He's ready to do that job. He's governed. He has the experience, and I just feel as though he's the man that we need in the White House right now.''
Jene Tillock of Durham, New Hampshire, said Bush is the man to watch in Tuesday's primary.
"He came across very, very well -- in a very unexpected manner.''