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Tears and Voting in New Hampshire

The first of a what may well be a number of late nights has seen a stunning come from behind victory for Hillary Clinton and a slightly larger than expected victory for John McCain in the New Hampshire primary.

Was this the moment that turned around the Hillary Clinton campaign for the White House?

While some have suggested that it showed a human side to Hillary that may have engaged voters, the BBC reports some analysis of a CNN exit poll that suggests that the Clinton comeback was due to getting out the core Democratic vote.

Comparisons have been drawn with the ‘Muskie Moment’ in the New Hampshire primary during the 1972 campaign, when Senator Ed Muskie, the Man from Maine who was the ‘inevitable’ Democratic nominee cried / was photographed with melting snow on his face – following media attacks on his wife.

For an alternative account of that 1972 campaign, why not try Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by the late Hunter S. Thompson – a collection of his articles from Rolling Stone that followed the battle for the Democratic nomination and the Presidential election between Richard Nixon and George McGovern.

Thompson also covered the Clinton campaign some 20 years later, in what may be the purest example of political Gonzo journalism – which places the writer at the heart of the story in a stream of consciousness style – Better than Sex includes faxes, scribblings, letters, buttons and everything else Thompson used to cover the race.

For now, there is a brief lull before the Michigan primary and then it’s on to Nevada and South Carolina – I get the feeling that this ride has only just started …

Intute: Social Sciences features more resources on the 2008 US elections – just scroll past the Editor’s Choice selections to see the latest additions.

America’s first primary – New Hampshire votes

The state of New Hampshire is voting today to select delegates to nominate a Presidential candidate.

In fact the first votes have been cast and counted already, as towns with a population of less than 100 are allowed to vote from midnight onwards. Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location have backed the New Hampshire frontrunners for the two main parties Barack Obama and John McCain.

Over 40% of voters are registered as independents in New Hampshire, meaning that when they get to their polling station, they choose whether to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary.

The Votemaster at Electoral-Vote.com does not think that this will affect who will win the respective primaries, but it may alter the margin of victory. The latest Gallup Poll has tracked the effect of the recent Iowa caucus.

As for New Hampshire …

  • Follow the results as they come in via the CNN Election Center – polls close at 1 AM UK time
  • Get a local perspective via the Union Leader, based in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • See voter videos and local TV news reports from the WMUR 9 TV channel which is working with YouTube
  • Harvard’s Institute of Politics has a student project devoted to New Hampshire in their Campus Voices project

If you would like to read around the subject while you wait for the results to come in, then why not try:

Intute: Social Sciences features more resources on the 2008 US elections – just scroll past the Editor’s Choice selections to see the latest additions.

US Elections on Intute: Social Sciences

Welcome to our coverage of the US Presidential Election here at Intute: Social Sciences. We have a dedicated section looking at US Elections, as well as a related area that examines the ultimate goal of the various candidates, Presidential Government itself.

It will be interesting to see the role that the Internet plays during the course of the campaign and if you are in any doubt as to whether online video will impact on the campaign, CitizenTube has produced a round-up of some of the key video moments from the pre-campaign campaign!

For following the twists and turns of the campaign you also may want to sample the Hotline TV YouTube channel, where Amy Walter and John Mercurio provide daily updates.

Elsewhere you can sample a UK perspective from the BBC News US Elections page,  which includes a poll tracker related to key events and a roadmap of the various primaries on the road to Super Tuesday.

All of the mainstream US news sources have dedicated sites, but the CNN site puts  the recent Iowa Caucus in some sort of perspective, showing that only a tiny proportion of the delegates for the nominating conventions have been selected.

But if you would like an individual perspective on the polling numbers, then we can recommend Electoral-Vote.Com, which provides a wealth of data, maps and thoughtful analysis.

We will be producing weekly round-ups looking at key events – for example the New Hampshire primary tomorrow – but keep an eye on the New resources for Politics page for the latest additions to our catalogue.

Intute: Social Sciences features more resources on the 2008 US Presidential elections.