CONCORD, NH — The second floor of the historic New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire, is home to a small, quiet office with a few people answering the phones and pictures of the previous presidential candidates who had filed to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot over the past several decades hanging on the walls. However, for about 2 1/2 weeks, this unassuming office turns into buzzing political hub as presidential candidates (or their designated representatives) stream in with staff and supporters in tow and the media gathers around to watch the candidates fill out the paperwork to get on the ballot in New Hampshire — home to the first-in-the-nation primary. The primary is expected to take place in February, and although New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner has not set the exact primary date yet, it is expected to take place on February 11. Gardner, who has been the state’s secretary of state since 1976, said that every U.S. president has won at least one New Hampshire primary since Dwight D. Eisenhower won the 1952 primary. Richard Nixon won the primary three times. “This is a very open, inclusive primary, it’s not exclusive,” Gardner told… Read full this story
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