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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September Events at the NHIOP

September Events at the NHIOP

September Events at the NHIOP

The new academic year is kicking off at Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics has a busy schedule of events for September....Read More

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College Ranked as Most Popular NH Stop for Presidential Candidates

College Ranked as Most Popular NH Stop for Presidential Candidates

College Ranked as Most Popular NH Stop for Presidential Candidates

U.S. News & World Report named Saint Anselm as the most popular New Hampshire campaign stop for presidential candidates....Read More

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Saint Anselm College Hosts Voters First Forum

Saint Anselm College Hosts Voters First Forum

Saint Anselm College Hosts Voters First Forum

On the evening of August 3, 14 Republican presidential candidates participated in the Voters First Forum, held in the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College....Read More

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Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Bernie Sanders Gains on Hillary Clinton

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Bernie Sanders Gains on Hillary Clinton

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg NH Poll: Bernie Sanders Gains on Hillary Clinton

June 25 - Bernie Sanders is gaining on Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, with an appeal as an issue-oriented protest vehicle potentially capable of slowing any coronation of the popular front-runner....Read More

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Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics Release NH and Iowa Poll

Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics Release NH and Iowa Poll

Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics Release NH and Iowa Poll

June 25 - Newly released, simultaneous polls in Iowa and New Hampshire show Bernie Sanders is gaining on Hillary Clinton in the Democratic 2016 nominating race....Read More

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