Most influential players in the New Hampshire primary
The Boston Globe
To understand New Hampshire politics is to understand that the state's independent, or undeclared voters, call all the shots when it comes to elections. Currently 40 percent of New Hampshire's voters do not consider themselves a member of either party. While they decide general elections they also have a huge impact on primaries. In New Hampshire they have the option of picking up either party's ballot. In 2000, independents voted in the Republican primary helping John McCain win, and as a consequence Democrat Bill Bradley lost.
The independent voter
To understand New Hampshire politics is to understand that the state's independent, or undeclared voters, call all the shots when it comes to elections. Currently 40 percent of New Hampshire's voters do not consider themselves a member of either party. While they decide general elections they also have a huge impact on primaries. In New Hampshire they have the option of picking up either party's ballot. In 2000, independents voted in the Republican primary helping John McCain win, and as a consequence Democrat Bill Bradley lost.
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