The First Primary: New Hampshire’s Outsize Role in by David W. Moore, Andrew E. Smith

By David W. Moore, Andrew E. Smith

Due to the fact that 1952, the first election in a small, no longer very diversified New England country has had a disproportionate impression at the U.S. presidential nomination approach and the consequent basic election. even if only a handful of delegates are at stake, the recent Hampshire basic has develop into a tremendous media occasion and a fairly trustworthy predictor of a campaign's final luck or failure. within the First basic, Moore and Smith provide a accomplished historical past of the state's basic, an research of its media assurance and effect, and an outline of the hot Hampshire citizens, besides a dialogue of the way that voters displays or diverges from nationwide reviews on applicants and concerns. A publication for political scientists and political junkies, media and coverage pros, and all scholars of yankee govt, the 1st fundamental ably fills the gaps in our knowing of latest Hampshire's outsize position within the nomination approach.

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He has now served the longest tenure of any New Hampshire secretary of state, during which time he has been reelected every two years by overwhelming majorities of the state legislature. And he is the only candidate from the minority party to be elected by the majority party. In 1985, after a particularly devastating election for the state Democrats, the GOP speaker of the house indicated she wanted to replace Gardner as secretary of state. There was bipartisan condemnation of this effort; the notion that the secretary of state’s office was a partisan position was universally considered anathema.

But absent the participation of most of the GOP candidates, these contests received little media attention, with the Iowa caucuses still treated by the news media as the start of the nomination process. 20 The early dates had not been successful in garnering the type of media attention the states wanted, nor in influencing the nature of the nomination contest. But their failures did not deter South Carolina Republicans in 2000 from moving their primary date to compete with New Hampshire’s. Since 1980, when GOP political guru Lee Atwater helped establish it, the South Carolina primary had typically been the first primary in the South.

The Democratic Party pressured the two states to hold their contests within the thirteen-­week window, but to no avail. 11 In the end, however, Iowa and New Hampshire were not to be the first contests that year. The GOP in Michigan took the unusual step of holding a nonbinding presidential primary two years early, in August 1986, with subsequent caucus meetings on January 14, 1988 — to make Michigan the first to have presidential voting results, more than three weeks ahead of Iowa. Kansas Republicans, too, decided to hold their caucuses early, to launch the presidential candidacy of their state’s favored son, US Senator Bob Dole.

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