The New Hampshire Primary and the American Electoral Process

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This study examines the peculiar role and history of the New Hampshire primary in American presidential politics, through the 1996 election season. The work reviews the primary's history, analyzes the media's treatment of New Hampshire results, and provides a study of the phenomenon of momentum, and the role played by local media such as the infamous Manchester Union Leader. There is also an examination of the strained relationship between New Hampshire's state parties and their national equivalents and of the ...

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Overview

This study examines the peculiar role and history of the New Hampshire primary in American presidential politics, through the 1996 election season. The work reviews the primary's history, analyzes the media's treatment of New Hampshire results, and provides a study of the phenomenon of momentum, and the role played by local media such as the infamous Manchester Union Leader. There is also an examination of the strained relationship between New Hampshire's state parties and their national equivalents and of the efforts of Congress to reform the entire electoral system, with the express purpose of reducing New Hampshire's supposed power in determining nomination outcomes. Finally, the analysis addresses questions of the Granite State's suitability as a benchmark for testing and judging candidates. Is this tiny New England state the last haven for genuine interpersonal campaigning or a relic from a bygone political era which now distorts and oversimplifies candidate choice? And does the New Hampshire primary's increasing unpopularity with journalists and candidates reflect deeper changes in the nation's psyche? This book will be of interest to scholars and students of the American political process and 20th-century American history.

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Examines the New Hampshire primary from 1952 through 1996. After a historical overview of those primaries most important in contributing to the state's notoriety, chapters profile the state's voters, place the New Hampshire primary within the context of the nomination system, and deal with media coverage and the relationship between candidates, reporters, and voters. Looks at three cases involving issues of the national Democratic party organization, interstate disputes over primary scheduling, and regional primary proposals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275955694
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Pages: 218
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Niall A. Palmer is lecturer in American studies at Brunel University in London, England. He holds degrees from University College, Swansea, and the University of Bristol.
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Table of Contents

Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Granite State Watersheds, 1916-1996 1
2 New Hampshire in Profile 37
3 The Nomination Environment 65
4 Interpretation Games: The News Media in New Hampshire 99
5 The Importance of Being Earliest 135
Conclusion: NASS and Beyond 175
Selected Bibliography 181
Index 185
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