Montana- National political junkies were a bit starved for coverage in Montana this year due to the lack of statewide races aside from the non-competitive House seat. With a Senate seat and the governorship up in 2012, look for the Missoulian in the western half of the state to take the lead on coverage, along with the Helena Independent Record and Great Falls Tribune. Nebraska-The gubernatorial race in Nebraska was nowhere even approaching competitive, and the very light coverage reflected that. But the main papers to look to for political coverage in the state are the Lincoln Journal Star followed by the Grand Island Independent and Omaha World-Herald. Nevada- Las Vegas' two big newspapers -- the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun -- were rivals in their coverage of the Senate race between Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D) and Republican Sharron Angle. Noted Nevada political analyst Jon Ralston, a Las Vegas Sun writer, began referring to Las Vegas Review-Journal as a "newspaper." The Review-Journal endorsed Angle while the Sun endorsed Reid, and each was accused of being a campaign mouthpiece. Both covered the race exhaustively. Elsewhere in Nevada, the Reno Gazette Journal had good coverage. New Hampshire- No shortage of political news coverage here. The New Hampshire Union-Leader reporter John DiStaso's weekly pieces were a go-to for beneath-the-radar news nuggets in federal and state races. The paper, which has a reputation for being conservative, also featured pieces from publisher Joseph McQuaid from time to time, in which McQuaid took candidates such as Bill Binnie (R) and Gov. John Lynch (D) to task. Other good reads: the Nashua Telegraph's Kevin Landrigan, in both articles and in blog form. The Concord Monitor is also a good source and James Pindell -- who is currently running a website by WMUR -- was also a good source of breaking news during election season. New Jersey- With no statewide race to occupy the state's big newspapers up north, several smaller papers like the Asbury Park Press and the Cherry Hill Courier-Post starred in the coverage of former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan's (R) defeat of Rep. John Adler (D). Indeed, the Courier-Post's Jane Roh was the go-to reporter for developments on the race, as she grabbed details of the biggest scoop in the contest: the Adler campaign's efforts in aiding a third-party bid by a Tea Partier. In addition, PolitickerNJ continued its stellar reporting in all of the state's contested contests.
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