New Hampshire primary

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The New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of nationwide party primary elections and the second party contest (the first being the Iowa Caucuses) held in the United States every four years as part of the process of choosing the delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions which choose the party nominees for the presidential elections to be held the subsequent November.wikipedia
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New Hampshire

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Although only a few delegates are chosen in the New Hampshire primary, its real importance comes from the massive media coverage it receives (along with the first caucus in Iowa).
The New Hampshire primary is the first primary in the U.S. presidential election cycle.

Saint Anselm College

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Examples of this extraordinary coverage have been seen on the campuses of Dartmouth College and Saint Anselm College, as the colleges have held multiple national debates and have attracted media outlets like NPR, Fox News, CNN, NBC, and ABC.
Since the 1950s, the college has played an important role in the "first in the nation" New Hampshire primary, and has served as the national stage for many future presidents, candidates, and supporters.

Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

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The community of Dixville Notch traditionally opens its polling place in the ballroom of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel at midnight, usually in front of a crowd of journalists, where the village's handful of voters cast their ballots before the polls close about less than ten minutes later.
The village is known for being one of the first places to declare its results during United States presidential elections and the New Hampshire primary.

Primary election

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The New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of nationwide party primary elections and the second party contest (the first being the Iowa Caucuses) held in the United States every four years as part of the process of choosing the delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions which choose the party nominees for the presidential elections to be held the subsequent November.
In the United States, Iowa and New Hampshire have drawn attention every four years because they hold the first caucus and primary election, respectively, and often give a candidate the momentum to win their party's nomination.

United States presidential primary

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The New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of nationwide party primary elections and the second party contest (the first being the Iowa Caucuses) held in the United States every four years as part of the process of choosing the delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions which choose the party nominees for the presidential elections to be held the subsequent November.
The first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary has since become a widely observed test of candidates' viability.

Winning New Hampshire

New Hampshire's political importance as the first-in-the-nation primary state is highlighted in the documentary film Winning New Hampshire.
Winning New Hampshire is a documentary film on the New Hampshire primary for President of the United States.

George W. Bush

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Also, New Hampshire was the only state in the Northeast to vote for George W. Bush in 2000.
Bush won the Iowa caucuses, and although he was heavily favored to win the New Hampshire primary, he trailed McCain by 19 percent and lost that primary.

Eugene McCarthy

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The other president to be forced out of the running for re-election by New Hampshire voters was Lyndon Johnson, who, as a write-in candidate, managed only a 49-42 percent victory over Eugene McCarthy in 1968 (and won fewer delegates than McCarthy), and consequently withdrew from the race.
Though he was initially given little chance of winning, the Tet Offensive galvanized opposition to the war and McCarthy finished in a strong second place in the New Hampshire primary.

2000 United States presidential election

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Also, New Hampshire was the only state in the Northeast to vote for George W. Bush in 2000.
On February 1, McCain won a 49–30% victory over Bush in the New Hampshire primary.

Bill Clinton

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For example, in 1992, Bill Clinton, although he did not win, did surprisingly well, with his team dubbing him the "Comeback Kid"; the extra media attention helped his campaign's visibility in later primaries.
During the campaign for the New Hampshire primary, reports surfaced that Clinton had engaged in an extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers.

New England

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Although it is a New England state, it is not as liberal as some of its neighbors.
Historically, the New Hampshire primary has been the first in a series of nationwide political party primary elections held in the United States every four years.

John McCain

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The winner in New Hampshire has not always gone on to win their party's nomination, as demonstrated by Republicans Leonard Wood in 1920, Harold Stassen in 1948, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. as a write-in candidate in 1964, Pat Buchanan in 1996, and John McCain in 2000, and Democrats Estes Kefauver in 1952 and 1956, Paul Tsongas in 1992, Hillary Clinton in 2008, and Bernie Sanders in 2016.
McCain focused on the New Hampshire primary, where his message appealed to independents.

Write-in candidate

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The other president to be forced out of the running for re-election by New Hampshire voters was Lyndon Johnson, who, as a write-in candidate, managed only a 49-42 percent victory over Eugene McCarthy in 1968 (and won fewer delegates than McCarthy), and consequently withdrew from the race.

Hillary Clinton

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The winner in New Hampshire has not always gone on to win their party's nomination, as demonstrated by Republicans Leonard Wood in 1920, Harold Stassen in 1948, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. as a write-in candidate in 1964, Pat Buchanan in 1996, and John McCain in 2000, and Democrats Estes Kefauver in 1952 and 1956, Paul Tsongas in 1992, Hillary Clinton in 2008, and Bernie Sanders in 2016.
Before the New Hampshire primary, tabloid publications printed allegations that Bill Clinton had engaged in an extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers.

Robert F. Kennedy 1968 presidential campaign

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Just a few days later, on March 16, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy announced he was entering the race for President.
The weekend before the New Hampshire primary, Kennedy told several aides that he would run if he could persuade little-known Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota to withdraw from the presidential race.

2000 New Hampshire Democratic primary

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In the United States, the 2000 New Hampshire Democratic Primary (held February 1) was the second major test of the leading contenders for the Democratic Party's nomination as its candidate for the 2000 presidential election.

George H. W. Bush

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On the Republican side, Pat Buchanan garnered an unexpected 37% showing behind incumbent President George H. W. Bush.
Prior to the New Hampshire primary, Bush and Reagan agreed to a two-person debate, organized by The Nashua Telegraph but paid for by the Reagan campaign.

Fritz Hollings

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Hollings sought the Democratic nomination in the 1984 presidential election but dropped out of the race after the New Hampshire primary.

Dennis Kucinich

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He performed similarly in the New Hampshire primary, placing sixth among the seven candidates with 1% of the vote.

Paul Tsongas

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The winner in New Hampshire has not always gone on to win their party's nomination, as demonstrated by Republicans Leonard Wood in 1920, Harold Stassen in 1948, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. as a write-in candidate in 1964, Pat Buchanan in 1996, and John McCain in 2000, and Democrats Estes Kefauver in 1952 and 1956, Paul Tsongas in 1992, Hillary Clinton in 2008, and Bernie Sanders in 2016.
Tsongas campaign was banking heavily on early success in New Hampshire.

Pat Buchanan

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The winner in New Hampshire has not always gone on to win their party's nomination, as demonstrated by Republicans Leonard Wood in 1920, Harold Stassen in 1948, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. as a write-in candidate in 1964, Pat Buchanan in 1996, and John McCain in 2000, and Democrats Estes Kefauver in 1952 and 1956, Paul Tsongas in 1992, Hillary Clinton in 2008, and Bernie Sanders in 2016. On the Republican side, Pat Buchanan garnered an unexpected 37% showing behind incumbent President George H. W. Bush.
Buchanan seriously challenged Bush (whose popularity was waning) when he won 38% of the seminal New Hampshire primary.

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

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The community of Dixville Notch traditionally opens its polling place in the ballroom of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel at midnight, usually in front of a crowd of journalists, where the village's handful of voters cast their ballots before the polls close about less than ten minutes later.
The Ballot Room of The Balsams is where Dixville Notch's presidential primary votes are cast just after midnight on the day of the New Hampshire primaries since the 1960s.

1992 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

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Due to the presence of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin in the race, the other candidates did not campaign in Iowa, instead conceding the contest to Harkin, and making the New Hampshire primary even more important.

Mike Gravel

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In January 1972 Gravel endorsed Maine Senator Ed Muskie, hoping that his support would help Muskie with the party's left wing and in ethnic French-Canadian areas during the first primary contest in New Hampshire (Muskie won, but not overwhelmingly, and his campaign faltered soon after).

Ted Kennedy

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Once Eugene McCarthy's strong showing in the New Hampshire primary led to Robert's presidential campaign starting in March 1968, Ted recruited political leaders for endorsements to his brother in the western states.