Why is little New Hampshire so big in the US election? Well, ...

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Why is little New Hampshire so big in the US election? Well, here’s why

The sleepy New England state leaps into life every four years as the presidential candidates descend on it en masse

AFP

Even out on ice-covered Lake Winnipesaukee the talk turns to politics, as voters in tiny New Hampshire, which plays a disproportionate role in picking American presidents, mull which Democrat should face Donald Trump in November.

“I’m surprised the candidates aren’t out here. This is where the constituents are,” said Heidi Barrett-Kitchen, chair of the 2020 Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby which was expected to attract up to 10,000 people over the two-day contest ending on Sunday.

Every four years this state of just 1.3 million residents is swarmed by presidential hopefuls desperate to win the nation’s first primary, set for Tuesday on the heels of the troubled Iowa caucuses last week...

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