Romney must stay on point, observers say

Romney must stay on point, observers say

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The campaign of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney experienced a few missteps this week, exposing possible signs of strain, observers note.
Caucus, primary season nigh

Caucus, primary season nigh

After posturing and jockeying among states trying to raise their profile in influencing the Republican presidential nomination race, the Iowa party caucus kicks of the "official" 11-month run-up to the 2012 Election Day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Ex-Gov. Johnson may run as Libertarian

SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is considering running as a Libertarian.
New Hampshire keeps first primary honors

New Hampshire keeps first primary honors

CONCORD, N.H., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- New Hampshire has declared victory in the quadrennial battle of wills over precedence in the presidential nominating calendar.
Huntsman to boycott Nevada caucus

Huntsman to boycott Nevada caucus

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Thursday he will boycott the Nevada caucuses, saying the state is holding its contest too early in the year.
GOP debate rivals focus on economy

GOP debate rivals focus on economy

HANOVER, N.H., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Economic issues dominated Tuesday in a debate in Hanover, N.H., among eight candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

Student voting ban proposed in N.H.

CONCORD, N.H., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A year before the New Hampshire primary, a legislator wants to bar college students from voting where they attend school.
Ex-Pa. senator hires Iowa campaign staff

Ex-Pa. senator hires Iowa campaign staff

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is showing signs of entering the 2012 presidential race by hiring consultants in the key early state of Iowa.
U.K. now and U.S. then

U.K. now and U.S. then

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- Because for the first time the party leaders will be facing off in televised debates next month’s British general election has been compared to an American-style Presidential election. But the similarities don’t stop there.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Writer challenges critics of Obama's style

Writer challenges critics of Obama's style

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- One of the architects of President Obama's historic 2008 campaign win said saying Obama governs as an incrementalist instead of a visionary is preposterous.
Romney campaign team poised for 2012 race

Romney campaign team poised for 2012 race

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- A cadre of Mitt Romney's former campaign aides says their old boss will likely be a candidate in the 2012 U.S. presidential race.

Obama tells backers not to get giddy

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on a swing through New York, told his supporters Thursday not to think ahead because he's ahead in the polls.

McCain addresses economy from Columbia

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 2 (UPI) -- Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain interrupted a trip to Columbia Wednesday to describe his understanding of the U.S. economy.

McCain has highest favorable rating

PRINCETON, N.J., March 18 (UPI) -- Arizona Sen. John McCain's favorable rating is the highest of the three remaining top-tier presidential contenders, a poll indicates.

Obama tribute video gets 6 million views

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A video by Will.i.am and George Pajon, Jr., in support of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama has been viewed an estimated 6 million times.
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New Hampshire Primary
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is joined on stage by his family as he holds an election night rally after winning the New Hampshire primary on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 10, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

The New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of nationwide political party primary elections held in the United States every four years (although the Iowa caucus is held earlier), as part of the process of choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for the presidential elections to be held the subsequent November. Although only a few delegates are chosen in the New Hampshire primary, its real importance comes from the massive media coverage it receives (along with Iowa, which holds the first caucuses); in recent years the two states received about as much media attention as all other state primaries combined[citation needed]. An example of this massive media coverage has been seen on the campus of Saint Anselm College, as the campus has held multiple national debates and have attracted media outlets like Fox News, CNN, NBC, and ABC. The publicity and momentum can be enormous from a decisive win by a frontrunner, or better-than-expected result in the New Hampshire primary. The upset or weak showing by a front-runner changes the calculus of national politics in a matter of hours, as happened in 1952 (D), 1968 (D), 1980 (R), and 2008 (D). 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, underfunded candidates who do well in New Hampshire suddenly become serious contenders, garnering large amounts of media attention and campaign funding. It is not a closed primary, in which votes can be cast in a party primary only by people registered with that party. Undeclared voters — those not registered with any party — can vote in either party primary. However, it does not meet a common definition of an open primary, because people registered as Republican or Democrat on voting day cannot cast ballots in the primary of the other party.[1]

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