New Hampshire to celebrate 100 years of primary

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire has established a committee to mark the centennial of its presidential primary.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the measure into law on Tuesday, calling the state's first-in-the-nation" primary one of New Hampshire's "most cherished traditions."

The law establishes a 16-member commission to plan and coordinate activities marking the 100th anniversary of the primary.

The first primary was March 14, 1916 when voters cast ballots not for presidential candidates but for delegates to attend the national party conventions.

It was to have been the third Tuesday of May, but frugal leaders in New Hampshire thought it was wasteful to light the town hall twice so moved it to coincide with town meeting day.

New Hampshire didn't stake its claim to the nation's first primary until 1920.


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