The New Hampshire Primary and the American Electoral Process

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the Granite State, no foolproof strategy for victory. Yet candidates who succeed are usually those who pay close attention to local issues, spend time with voters and develop strong local organizations. Such tactics pay dividends but are inevitably affected by external factors such as economic indicators, the presence of incumbents and the strength and financing of campaign machinery. Candidates most likely to fail are those who appear to regard themselves as nominees- in-waiting. Such candidates, lulled into a false sense of security by advisers, tend to neglect the vital aspects of "retail campaigning" and thus open the way for challengers to undermine their Granite State support. New Hampshire primaries continue to confound pundits in the age of sophisticated media and computer targeting precisely because its electorate, accustomed to high levels of exposure and information-soaking, makes its decisions on a campaign-by-campaign basis rather than conforming to predetermined trends generated by reporters and spin doctors on the campaign trail. Candidates may learn from the mistakes of their predecessors, but the primary's history demonstrates that they remain hostages to circumstance in this earliest and most unpredictable of primaries, when voter intentions are fluid, reporters fresh and inquisitive, candidate fields crowded and issue agendas unstructured. New Hampshire results may not always be decisive to the outcome of presidential races, but the campaign landscape can be irrevocably altered by the outcome of the first-in-the-nation primary.


NOTES
1.
James Wright, The Progressive Yankees: Republican Reformers in New Hampshire, 1906-16 ( Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1987), pp. 94-95.
2.
John Gfroerer, "Interview with Richard F. Upton," Historical New Hampshire, vol. 42, no. 3 (Fall 1987): 201.
3.
Ibid.
4.
William M. Gardner, The New Hampshire Primary: Legislative Background. Courtesy of William Gardner, State Department, Concord, NH, 1987.
5.
Richard F. Upton, Address at the New Hampshire Historical Society on the Opening of the Exhibition, "New Hampshire's Road to the White House: Franklin Pierce to the Presidential Primary," Historical New Hampshire, vol. 42, no. 3 (Fall 1987): 200.
6.
Charles Brereton, First Step to the White House: The New Hampshire Primary, 1952-1980 ( Hampton, NH: Wheelabrator Foundation, 1979), p. 2.
7.
Charles Brereton, First in the Nation: New Hampshire and the Premier Presidential Primary ( Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall Publishers, 1987), p. 5.
8.
William Manchester, The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972 ( New York: Bantam Books, 1975), pp. 608-9.
9.
Herbert S. Parmet, Eisenhower and the American Crusades ( New York: Macmillan, 1972), p. 51.
10.
Stephen E. Ambrose, Eisenhower: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect, 1890-1952 ( New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983), p. 522.
11.
Parmet, Eisenhower and the American Crusades, p. 51.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction xvii
  • 1 - Granite State Watersheds, 1916-1996 1
  • Notes 32
  • 2 - New Hampshire in Profile 37
  • 3 - The Nomination Environment 65
  • Notes 95
  • 4 - Interpretation Games: The News Media in New Hampshire 99
  • Notes 130
  • 5 - The Importance of Being Earliest 135
  • Conclusion - NASS and Beyond 175
  • Notes 180
  • Selected Bibliography 181
  • Index 185
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