Nov
13

Primary Place

primaryThe Friday File: Since 1972, no candidate finishing lower than second in the New Hampshire presidential primary has won his party’s presidential nomination. By contrast, because the Iowa caucus is heavily dominated by activists who are not representative of primary voters elsewhere, finishing further back is okay. Bill Clinton was fourth in 1992, George H.W. Bush was third in 1988 and both became president. McCain was fourth in 2008.

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