February 24, 2019

RUN, BILL, RUN:

The Battle for New Hampshire (David Catanese, Feb. 22, 2019, U.S. News & World Report)

If New Hampshire isn't a straight-out must-win for both Sanders and Warren, it's near close to it. Part of it is their proximity. While the state has whipped up a national reputation of flinty independence, history shows that New Hampshire Democrats usually reward a regional candidate with their presidential primary selections.

Before Sanders in 2016, there was Kerry from Massachusetts in 2004. Massachusetts' Paul Tsongas beat Bill Clinton there in 1992, and Massachusetts' Michael Dukakis secured the state's primary in 1988. Even all the way back to 1972, the first year the nominee was chosen through a state-by-state primary system rather than a convention, Maine's Ed Muskie bested George McGovern in New Hampshire, even though McGovern ultimately became the Democratic nominee.

In fact, if Warren doesn't win New Hampshire, she'd be the first Massachusetts Democrat not to since Ted Kennedy's loss to President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Posted by at February 24, 2019 10:02 AM

  

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