100th Anniversary of the First New Hampshire Presidential Primary
By Katelyn Ellison, September 25, 2015
The 100th anniversary of the first New Hampshire primary will be celebrated in 2016. The first presidential primary was held in 1916 and has held the status as the first-in-the-nation since 1920. Prior to 1952, the primary did not hold the prominence it holds today. In 1949, laws were changed to make the primary a way to directly select candidates rather than delegates, and thereby increase voter turnout. In the decades since this change, the New Hampshire primary has become a cornerstone of presidential elections.