Five Things You Should Know About The 2024 New Hampshire Presidential Primary

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The 2024 New Hampshire presidential primary is finally happening this week.

The first-in-the-nation primary take place Tuesday, January 23, after candidates have spent the past year trying to court Granite State voters.

Here is what you should know about the two primaries, Republican and Democratic, going into election day:


1. Trump and Biden Will Win

It doesn’t matter that President Joe Biden doesn’t support the rogue New Hampshire Democratic primary — he will win it as a write-in candidate. He doesn’t have any serious competition on the Democratic side. Little-known U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-Minnesota) entering the race was too little too late. He’s doing so well that he had an event earlier this month, and no one showed up. Plus, the kooky Marianne Williamson poses no serious threat to the sitting president. 

Meanwhile, Trump leads former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley by double-digits in the recent polls, so he is also expected to win. He has also been touting support from South Carolina politicians in New Hampshire lately, including Governor Henry McMaster and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), among others.

Not to mention, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dropped out and endorsed Trump on Sunday. That should help Trump. 


2.  Yes, Mike Pence Is On The Ballot

New Hampshire finalized its presidential primary ballots in October 2023, so it doesn’t matter that former Vice President Mike Pence dropped out a few months ago, he is still on the primary ballot.

The same is true of other also-rans who have since dropped out, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and businessman Perry Johnson. 


3. Winning It Doesn’t Guarantee You Anything

Past winners of the New Hampshire presidential primary include Republicans Pat Buchanan in 1996 and John McCain in 2000, plus Gary Hart in 1984, Paul Tsongas in 1992, Hillary Clinton in 2008, and Bernie Sanders in 2016 and 2020.

In this election cycle, the winners of the New Hampshire presidential primary will most likely be their respective party’s nominees, as it looks like Trump and Biden will sweep the map for their respective primaries. However, even if an unlikely upset happens, don’t expect it to kill their momentum.


4. Massachusetts Represented

Four candidates from Massachusetts will be on the ballot in the New Hampshire primary.

NewBostonPost readers may be familiar with two of them:  Republican Darius Mitchell of Lowell and Democrat Vermin Supreme of Rockport.

Mitchell, whom NewBostonPost interviewed in 2021 when he wanted to run for governor, supports entrepreneurship, father’s rights, and cannabis reform. Additionally, Mitchell is black and refers to himself as a Hip-Hop Republican. Meanwhile, Supreme, a satirical candidate known to political junkies, wears a boot on his head and promises people free ponies; talk about a perfect Democratic candidate.

The other two are Democrats:  Paul LaCava of Worcester, and Donald Picard of Cambridge.

To make the New Hampshire ballot, a person must file to run, be eligible to be president, and pay a $1,000 filing fee, according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office. That said, there will be 24 Republicans and 21 Democrats on their respective ballots.


5.  A Pro-Life Democrat?

Terrisa Bukovinac, a Washington D.C. resident, who founded the pro-life organization Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, is on the ballot in the Democratic primary.

She won’t win the primary, but she is running television ads featuring aborted babies to show the American people that abortion kills children. She deserves immense credit for doing it.


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