September 8, 2015


In Sanders vs. Clinton, New Hampshire replays past splits (Dan Balz, September 7, 2015, Washington Post)

The political headlines out of New Hampshire this weekend bear an eerie resemblance to those of September 1999: an underdog senator overtaking a prohibitive front-runner in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In that case it was then-Sen. Bill Bradley (N.J.) surging ahead of then-Vice President Al Gore. Today it's Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) making life difficult for former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sixteen years ago, Bradley could not hold his lead. He lost to Gore in Iowa and then narrowly in New Hampshire, which washed away his hopes of winning the nomination. [...]
It is not entirely surprising that Sanders, like Bradley, has found a receptive audience in New Hampshire this far in advance of the primary. The Granite State often hectors front-runners, at least for a time, and its demographics provide a political petri dish for an underdog insurgency like the campaign Sanders is running.

The electorate is relatively better educated and more affluent than in some other states. Independents -- or non-declared voters -- are allowed to vote in whichever primary they choose and often play a significant role in determining the outcome.

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