The 2012 Republican presidential contendersThe 2012 Republican primary contenders in a June, 2011 debate at Saint Anselm College.
Students stand in for a debate rehearsalStudents enjoy behind-the-scenes access to many NHIOP events, including debates.
President Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., welcomed democratic candidates to the college in 2007
A candidate meets the press after a debateInternational media attention is focused on Saint Anselm during the New Hampshire Primary.
Gov. Romney and Congressman RyanGov. Romney and Congressman Ryan appeared at Saint Anselm in August, 2012 for a town hall meeting.
Students work with CNNStudents can work with campaigns, and the media through the NHIOP.
President Bill Clinton at Saint Anselm CollegePresident Clinton spoke at the college in 2007 to thousands of City Year conference attendees

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New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library

History is being made in New Hampshire's home for politics. Anyone who wants to be a participant, not merely a bystander, can do it at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library (NHIOP) at Saint Anselm College.

100th Anniversary of the First New Hampshire Presidential Primary


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.


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Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: 2016 Republican Field Wide-Open

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: 2016 Republican Field Wide-Open

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: 2016 Republican Field Wide-Open

May 12 - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may have money and name recognition, but voter enthusiasm for Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is fueling a wide-open contest in New Hampshire....Read More

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Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Clinton Favorability Unchanged

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Clinton Favorability Unchanged

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Clinton Favorability Unchanged

May 11 - Despite a storm of recent controversies, Hillary Clinton's popularity is proving durable among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, home of the nation's first presidential primary election in early 2016....Read More

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Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics Release NH Poll

Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics Release NH Poll

Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics Release NH Poll

May 10 - A new Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics New Hampshire poll shows a tightly-packed GOP 2016 field, with Sen. Marco Rubio's support among likely GOP primary voters rising while Gov. Jeb Bush's has fallen off....Read More

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Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Republican Field Tightens

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Republican Field Tightens

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Republican Field Tightens

There's no clear Republican front-runner in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, while Hillary Clinton retains an overwhelming advantage among Democrats in the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary....Read More

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Politics & Eggs Brings Presidential Candidates to the NHIOP

Politics & Eggs Brings Presidential Candidates to the NHIOP

Politics & Eggs Brings Presidential Candidates to the NHIOP

As the 2016 New Hampshire primary approaches, the Politics & Eggs series is in full swing. Numerous potential presidential candidates have visited the Institute over the recent months....Read More

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