The First Primary: New Hampshire's Outsize Role in Presidential Nominations
Since 1952 the primary election in a small, not very diverse New England state has had a disproportionate impact on the U.S. presidential nomination process and the ensuring general election. Although just a handful of delegates are at stake, the New Hampshire primary has become a huge media event and a reasonably reliable predictor of a campaign's ultimate success or failure. In The First Primary, Moore and Smith offer a comprehensive history of the state's primary, an analysis of its media coverage and impact, and a description of the New Hampshire electorate, along with a discussion of the ways in which the views of that electorate reflect or diverge from national opinions on candidates and issues. A book for political scientists and political junkies, media and policy professionals, and all students of American government, The First Primary ably fills the gaps in our understanding of New Hampshire's outsize role in the nomination process.
Authors: David W. Moore and Andrew E. Smith
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