Issues divide seen in N.H. primary

MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Democratic and Republican voters in the New Hampshire primary shared some issues of concern but chose candidates based on different positions, exit polls show.

Huckabee to appear on 'Colbert Report'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee is set to appear as a guest on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."

Clinton projected winner in N.H.

MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton Tuesday unexpectedly won the New Hampshire primary, pulling out a stunning victory over Barack Obama.
McCain looks to Mich., S.C., Fla.

McCain looks to Mich., S.C., Fla.

HANOVER, N.H., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Even before the ballots were counted in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, John McCain reportedly was contemplating how to cement his front-runner status.
Poll favors Obama in New Hampshire

Poll favors Obama in New Hampshire

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., went into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary with a 7-percentage-point poll lead, CBS News reported.

Obama's rise worries Clinton faithful

CONCORD, N.H., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The rise of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, especially after his first-place showing in Iowa, has Hillary Clinton's backers expressing worry.

Report: Clinton retooling message

MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Political strategists say presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton is trying to draw more young voters and independents in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.
Clinton campaigns promising change

Clinton campaigns promising change

NASHUA , N.H., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Looking for a much-needed win in the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., spent Friday campaigning in the Granite State as an agent of change.
Romney gains in New Hampshire

Romney gains in New Hampshire

BOSTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney, despite his loss in the Iowa Republican caucuses, is gaining support in New Hampshire, a newly released poll indicated.

Iowa doesn't forecast New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The caucus outcome in Iowa may not transfer to independent-minded New Hampshire voters as candidates lack a track record of winning both contests.
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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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