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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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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Governor Chris Christie Policy Speech

Governor Chris Christie Policy Speech

Governor Chris Christie Policy Speech

On Tuesday, April 14, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie presented a policy speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library. During his speech, he laid out plans for entitlement reform, speaking on issues such as Social Security and Medicare....Read More

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Former Romney Advisor Peter Flaherty to Join NHIOP as Senior Fellow

Former Romney Advisor Peter Flaherty to Join NHIOP as Senior Fellow

Former Romney Advisor Peter Flaherty to Join NHIOP as Senior Fellow

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College announces that Peter Flaherty, former advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, will join the Institute as a Senior Fellow....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

Feb. 8 - A new Saint Anselm/Bloomberg Politics New Hampshire poll shows Jeb Bush leading a wide-open GOP field, drawing 16% support among likely Republican primary voters....Read More

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Saint Anselm-Bloomberg Poll: Jeb Bush Grabs Narrow Lead

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg Poll: Jeb Bush Grabs Narrow Lead

Saint Anselm-Bloomberg Poll: Jeb Bush Grabs Narrow Lead

Jeb Bush has taken a slight lead over other potential Republican presidential candidates in a new Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire poll, even though his party's voters have doubts about his famous last name and his positions on immigration and education....Read More

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