September 24, 2015
For the past century, the manner in which our presidential nominees are selected and eventually, our country’s president, has begun in New Hampshire. SNHU Civic Scholar Dean Spiliotes offers a brief history and explains the importance of the New Hampshire Primary to the nation.
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The New Hampshire Primary has been central to the selection of our presidential nominees and ultimately, to the selection of our president going back 100 years.
It’s been first in the nation since 1920. By law, we need to be a week before any other similar contest. Our Secretary of State has the power to set the date and he typically does it at the last moment.
But we really have become a central battleground certainly going back to the more modern primary, which we date at 1952. It's really an opportunity for voters in the country as a whole to get a first look at these candidates.
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