Jill Lawrence is an award-winning journalist who has covered every presidential election since 1988. Most recently, she was managing editor for politics and a national correspondent at National Journal. Her other positions have included senior correspondent and columnist for PoliticsDaily.com, national political correspondent for USA Today,  and national political writer at the Associated Press.

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Thanks to a seamless rollout of Obamacare in his state, Gov. Steve Beshear has become a shining light for national Dems wrestling with the health-care law and their own reelection bids.

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Home-field advantage aside, Mitt Romney is better liked in the first primary state than virtually anywhere else. Jill Lawrence reports from Concord on why his message resonates there.