What Happened? Clinton Returns to NH to Sell Books Instead of Seeking Votes
Hillary Clinton returns to New Hampshire on Tuesday for the first time in over a year, but this time it’s all about selling books, not winning votes.
The former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee will be at Gibson’s Bookstore on Main Street in downtown Concord, signing copies of “What Happened,” Clinton’s new book about her unsuccessful run for the White House last year.
The 1 p.m. book signing, which is sold out, is expected to draw approximately 1,000 people.
“It will be great to see her and welcome her back. I think it’s highly appropriate that Concord’s on this book tour,” Terry Shumaker, a longtime close adviser and friend to both Hillary and Bill Clinton in the Granite State, told NH1 News. “This is yet another nod by the Clintons to how important New Hampshire has been to them in the last three decades.”
Shumaker, who said he’s attending the book signing, reminisced that the first time he met up with Hillary Clinton in Concord was in December, 1991, when they went to the Secretary of State’s office at the Statehouse to file the paperwork to put her husband’s name on New Hampshire’s presidential primary ballot.
The then-Arkansas governor's second place finish in the Democratic primary lifted up a campaign in desperate need of lifting, making Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” and sending him on his way to the Democratic nomination and ultimately the White House.
Fast forward 16 years, and a come from behind victory in the primary for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, of New York, was the infusion she needed after a disappointing third place finish in the Iowa caucuses. The 2008 New Hampshire primary triumph propelled the former front-runner back into an epic but eventually unsuccessful battle for the Democratic nomination against then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.While she had the backing of much of the Democratic establishment in her 2016 bid, she ended up losing the primary by a whopping 22 percentage points to Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont.
But Clinton narrowly won the state in the general election. She narrowly edged GOP nominee Donald Trump to capture the state’s four electoral votes.
While she topped Trump by some 3 million votes in the national popular count, he topped her 306-232 in the all-important electoral college vote.
Clinton’s book tour stop in Concord will be well scripted. She will sign a maximum of two books per each attendee, but won’t personalize her inscriptions or sign any other memorabilia. And Clinton won’t take any questions from the crowd or the media.
The visit is the first by Clinton since to the Granite State since she headlined a large rally in Manchester on Nov. 6, 2016, two nights before the presidential election.