New Hampshire Primary


Tony Yin writes, The New Hampshire Primary is the first primary in the US.

The New Hampshire Primary is the first primary in the US. The New Hampshire primary is the second in a series of nationwide political party primary elections held in the United States every four years to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for the presidential elections. Even though the New Hampshire Primary does not have significant importance in the number of delegates, but it does give the candidates great momentum and media coverage. Since 1952, the primary has been a major testing ground for candidates for both the Republican and Democratic nominations. Candidates who do poorly frequently drop out, while lesser-known candidates who do well in New Hampshire suddenly become serious contenders. Unlike the Iowa Caucuses, this is not a closed election. Anyone could go vote for one party’s candidate even if the voter is independent. This is similar to the national election where everyone could go vote for a candidate of their choice.There was lots of surprise in the New Hampshire Primary. Barack Obama was leading by as much as 10 points on the polls while Clinton was thought to lose. But Clinton won the primary by 39 to 36 percent to Barack Obama in second place. John Edwards received third place. On the Republican side, Arizona Sen. John McCain staged a comeback like eight years ago with a win over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 37 to 32 percent. Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee came in a distant third with 11 percent. Results Republicans(96% of precincts reporting)McCain: 37%Romney: 32%Huckabee: 11%Giuliani: 9%Paul: 8%Democrats(96% of precincts reporting)Clinton: 39%Obama: 36%Edwards: 17%