Downplaying New Hampshire

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With Mitt Romney’s growing lead in New Hampshire, Chris Cillizza notes that Romney “has been running at the front of the pack in New Hampshire for the better part of the last two years,” leading some candidates to downplay the impact of that primary on the nomination process.

“Romney, of course, will do everything he can to make New Hampshire matter. And, it’s worth noting that if he wins Iowa and New Hampshire he will be the first non incumbent Republican to pull off that feat in modern presidential history… The calculation for everyone not named Romney (or Huntsman) is whether it’s worth spending precious dollars — southern New Hampshire is covered by the very pricey Boston media market — in a state that is just not winnable when South Carolina, which has never been a friendly place for Romney, awaits.”

Meanwhile, Ron Fournier gives five reasons why New Hampshire still matters.

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