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Sharing a discussion about politics with former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, a Republican running in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, is Scott DeCapua, a Quinnipiac University student and Milford resident, standing to the left. Contributed photo


Milford Student Takes in Primary Process in New Hampshire
Former Milford High School football and baseball standout Scott DeCapua spend last weekend taking in a different type of competition, New Hampshire's "first in the nation" presidential primary.
"It's unbelievable, unlike anything I have ever done before," DeCapua said while grabbing a late night bite to eat with his political science class from Quinnipiac University. "I have been able to meet a lot of interesting people."
DeCapua has worked on the campaign trail knocking on doors for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. He snapped a selfie with Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, and even attended a rally for the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump.
"A lot of his ideas are pretty crazy," DeCapua said. "But he brings up points that we should probably talk about. We should be able to prove him right or wrong."
DeCapua graduated Milford High two years ago and is a sophomore at Qunnipiac, which puts out presidential polls. He said he's a Clinton supporter, but he does not feel there is a perfect candidate in the race.
"It was more about who I did not want to represent," he said. "I feel like this class of candidates is not the strongest. There is no one, great candidate. In some ways it's about measuring the lesser of two evils."
Last weekend was the third trip DeCapua has made to the Granite State during the primary season. He came up in late November and made another trip in December before spending the weekend at the Super 8 in Manchester as all the candidates descended on the area for the campaign's final days.
He and his classmates received the most face time from former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, a Republican candidate. Gilmore, whose campaign was not able to gain much traction, was also staying at the Super 8. Late Sunday night, after the Super Bowl, the governor held court with the Quinnipiac students. 
Even though none of them were from New Hampshire, he made his case for why he thought he should be president and listened intently as he munched on McDonald's and heard their questions. He debated the students on issues like supply and demand, trickle down economics, and the minimum wage. The discussion did not wrap up until 12:40 a.m. 
DeCapua said he also learned just how passionate New Hampshire voters can be about who they do, or do not, support.
"The first time we came up in November, my friend Zack and I went to this house and there was a guy in the driveway waxing a brand new Porsche," DeCapua said. "He said 'who are you guys?' And we said, 'we are here for Hillary Clinton.'"
DeCapua said the man then asked if the students knew how to swim, they replied that they did.
"Backstroke off my property," the man said. "This is Republican territory.

Republican Presidential Candidate, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida poses with a Scott DeCapua of Milford for a selfie during the New Hampshire Primary. Scott DeCapua photo




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