New Hampshire First in the Nation Primary - A Bit of History

Real Estate Agent with BHG The Masiello Group

New Hampshire First in the Nation PrimaryNew Hampshire has the distinction of holding the First in the Nation Primary and it all started with a small town farmer back in 1913.  He felt he should have the right to vote for the person to represent him and his party at the national convention so he introduced legislation which was passed into law and thus made the way for a primary election. 

New Hampshire didn’t become First in the Nation until 1920 when State law required that the New Hampshire primary must be the first in the nation.

Although, New Hampshire has had very little snow this winter, January has brought an avalanche of political advertisements, brochures, door knockers, phone calls, emails, the media, the candidates and their staff.  

Don't get snowed by all of the political rhetoric.  The Iowa Caucus has produced some unexpected results and the New Hampshire First in the Nation Primary takes place on January 10 th

I was beginning to wonder how to sort the Fact from the Fiction.   I came across few web sites I found both informative and entertaining.  They certainly helped me discern who was giving the voters a snow job and who was telling the truth!

One site is called  This is a non partisan site which is operated by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  You can find a lot of great information on this site.

The other site I found is called PolitiFact.  PolitifactTM has a wealth of information along with the Truth-o-meter TM which gives you an indication of the truthfulness of a given statement or purported "fact".   This site is a joint project of the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and Congressional Quality.

One of the most important freedoms we have in this Country is the Freedom to Vote.  Hopefully, these sites will help you to get the facts you need to make an informed voting decision and cut through all the snow!  

Know how each candidate stands on the issues from the proposed budget cuts,  job creation, climate change, immigration, foreign policy, trade to taxes!

An informed electorate is cornerstone of our great democracy!  Become informed and be sure to vote.  You can find out where to vote by going to this website.  There with be both a Republican and Democratic ballot at each location. 


Disclaimer :  [Truth-o-meter TM  and PolitifactTM  are registered Trademarks - see PolitiFact]

 Information herein may come from various sources, some of which may not be reliable and may change without any notice. Joan Whitebook does not guarantee or is any way responsible for the accuracy of the information in this blog and information provided is without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Information on this blog represents the opinions and ideas of the author; comments by others may not express the views of the author. (c)  2012  "New Hampshire First in the Nation Primary - A Bit of History"  BHG, The Masiello Group/Nashua 603.889.7600.

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Kathy Sheehan
Cross Country Mortgage Corporation 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Enjoyed the history lesson.  I think we are in for a long 9 months.

Feb 08, 2012 09:19 AM #39
Gwynn Carpenter
Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin) - Austin, TX
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Mary:  What a great history lesson!!  I love learning about history in the most unusual ways...

Feb 10, 2012 09:06 PM #40
Tammie White
(615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN

Joan, I'm a bit of a history buff and I love to read this type of local history. Very informative.

Feb 14, 2012 02:23 PM #41
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Joan, I think they should all have QR Codes pasted on their foreheads with a spreadsheet of where they stand on EVERYTHING - and with dates when they flipflopped changed positions and how often!


Feb 15, 2012 09:08 PM #42
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Joan:

Hoping that you are doing well...

Thanks for the history lesson!  We always hear about New Hampshire during the elections!

Feb 16, 2012 10:43 PM #43
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Joan, I just stopped by to say Happy Birthday!!!

Feb 18, 2012 06:24 AM #44
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Joan, I dropped over thinking I might have already left a comment here already but although I had read it, I don't see one. I hope business is good and so appreciate the two links you provided and I have bookmarked them so I have quick access. This should be an interesting year leading up to the election. I do feel this is going too be the year for a substantial change in the housing industry, at least it should spell the beginning of a good change. Stay well and have a supper 2012

Feb 19, 2012 08:41 PM #45
Georgie Hunter R(S)
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

All I can say is i will be very glad when the election is over and we can get back to life as usual, without all the political campaign backstabbing.

Feb 21, 2012 07:50 PM #46
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900
Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thanks for sharing some great resources to help people sort the truth out. I suggested this post.

Feb 22, 2012 10:00 PM #47
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900
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Also I just subscribed to your blog as I am growing my North American and international referral base. I specialize in Silicon Valley, specifically San Jose, Saratoga and Cupertino, Calif. (home of Apple Computer). You are one of the first ActiveRain bloggers I subscribed to in your area. I hope we can help each other grow our real estate businesses in 2012 and beyond. You can read my blog at 


Feb 22, 2012 10:00 PM #48
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Joan  I certainly hope it is either business or pleasure that's keeping you off the blogging path

Feb 25, 2012 01:03 PM #49
Debe Maxwell | Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Joan!  The Politifact site is one that I've been trying to find this year and couldn't, for the life of me, remember it!  Thank you for sharing that site!  Let the truth-finding begin (if we truly ever DO know the truth)!  ;-)

Feb 29, 2012 05:52 AM #50
Emily Medvec
Keller Williams Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor, Santa Fe NM |CNE CRS RSPS | 505-660-4541

Joan, New Mexico became a state one year after New Hampshire had their first primary in a small town in 1913. This year New Mexico is 100 years old. Now I will search to see when we had our first primary. I migrated here from DC which is still not a state!

Mar 02, 2012 04:58 AM #51
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900
Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Joan, I still like this blog. Looking forward to a new one from you.

Mar 02, 2012 09:13 PM #52
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Thank you, Joan, it is great post and all of us to know history of U.S.

Looking forward to read new post of yours.

Mar 04, 2012 12:26 PM #53
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Kathy, Gwen, Tammy, Frank, Sharon - thank you for your comments.   I especially like the idea of the QR code.. and maybe a truth-o-meter... for every "lie" their nose should grow!

Tula, Julie, William, Georgina, Michelle, Karen, Debe, Emily, and Evelina ~  Thanks to all of you for stopping by and for all of your support.  Family obligations have kept me away, but I hope to be back to posting soon! 


I hope all of you have a wonderful 2012... and that the spring market is off to a robust start!

Mar 04, 2012 06:33 PM #54
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Joan, so cool to live in a place with such a rich history!

You must be very busy with the spring market!

Mar 06, 2012 09:00 PM #55
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Joan, A lot has transpired since you wrote this post! We were part of Super Tuesday yesterday. Much more will happen before we have any idea who the candidate is going to be.

Mar 07, 2012 06:31 AM #56
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Joan, fascinating history of New Hampshire being the first state to vote.  I love how we get your returns because so many caring people turn out at midnight to vote.  The KEY to that is SO MANY PEOPLE turn out to vote.  I've read that the % of voters in New Hampshire residents is higher than any other state.  I'll have to track that down and send it to you.

Mar 08, 2012 06:44 PM #57
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell

Joan --- it's interesting to read the history of New Hampshire and its first in the nation status but also to see nearly two and half months of comments and see how things have changed since January.   These are very interesting times to say the least.   

Mar 16, 2012 08:17 PM #58
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