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Stormy weather : the New Hampshire primary and presidential politics
Scala, Dante J.
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First edition.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
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vi, 218 pages ; 25 cm
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In the coming presidential primaries, no state is as important in setting the stage - or affecting the odds - as New Hampshire. This small, mountainous, proudly distinctive state holds the first primary and the results, both real and in comparison to expectations, can greatly influence the competition for the highest office in the land. Candidates who do well can create momentum and gain support, while those who do worse than expected can be counted out. Scala explains the distinctiveness of New Hampshire politics and how the candidates create strategies to appeal to the state's voters. New Hampshire's sympathy for reformist candidates has the paradoxical affect of jumpstarting the campaigns of those candidates least representative of Democratic voters nationally. The implications for Democratic chances to win the presidency in 2004 are discussed.

Author Notes

Dante J. Scala is Associate Professor of politics at St. Anselm College, and Fellow at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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Library Journal Review

If anyone needs another reminder that the next presidential election cycle is upon us, this book serves that purpose well. The New Hampshire primary will be held January 27, following quickly on the Iowa caucuses of the preceding week. Scala (political science, St. Anselm Coll.) makes his debut with this volume, bridging the academic world with practical politics. It is a balanced mix, offering historical context, extensive interviews, and academic research on the electoral process. Scala argues that candidates skilled at building coalitions in the Granite State, rather than those who only mobilize a particular faction, are most likely to have success in subsequent primaries-even if they don't win first place in New Hampshire. A readable blend of narrative and data will make this necessary reading for political junkies and a popular text in political science courses. Though focusing almost exclusively on the Democratic party, this work is likely to go through future expanded editions and deserves a paperback edition. Highly recommended.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Scala (St. Anselm College) examines 30 years of data on the New Hampshire presidential primary. He analyzes how the primary has become important in the presidential nomination process despite the state's small size and homogenous population. Scala first briefly describes the history of the primary, pointing out that its primary has been the first in the nation since 1920. The author focuses his attention on Democratic presidential candidates and finds revealing voting patterns attributable to geography and social class. After defining Democratic candidates as reformers or establishment candidates, the author analyzes vote distributions in contested primaries since 1972. He also discusses the role of the media in the New Hampshire primary and how well the primary predicts possible success in the general election. Scala documents how New Hampshire state politics affects the national campaign strategies of presidential candidates. Interviews with state political operatives and other observers supplement the quantitative data presented in this book. Students of the presidency, campaigns and elections, and the media and politics will find it useful. This book also is highly recommended to those who want to learn more about the changing political scene in New Hampshire. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. D. Rausch West Texas A&M University

Table of Contents

The New Hampshire Primary and the Nomination Process
The Environment: New Hampshire Voters and the Politics of Factions
The Primary Campaigns, 1968-80
The Primary Campaigns, 1984-92
The 2000 Primary
The Media Environment
Primary Lessons