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Aug 8, 2015 12:57 PM

Do you run in the NH primary or skip NH and focus on larger states?

1) Pay $1,000 and file to run in the NH primary then mount a serious campaign in New Hampshire

2) Skip the NH primary and focus on other important primary states with more voters

Whether it's fair for New Hampshire to be the first-in-the-nation primary is a perennial argument in political circles.

NH is a small state and its population is older and more likely to be white than the general electorate. In the general election, successful candidates gain only four electoral votes by carrying New Hampshire.

And yet a win in the first-in-the-nation primary does give candidates a major boost heading into the primaries in other, larger states.

On the plus side, NH voters have a lot of experience vetting candidates. The fact that this is a small state gives candidates to a chance to meet one-on-one with many voters who can ask about the issues that matter to them and make an educated decision about whom to support.


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