Andrew E. Smith has co-written a book that examines the history and impacts that the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary has on American presidential politics. The First Primary: New Hampshire’s Outsize Role in Presidential Nominations is co-authored with David W. Moore, senior fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH and former vice president of the Gallup Organization. Smith is associate professor of practice in political science at UNH and director of the UNH Survey Center. He oversees the Granite State Poll, a quarterly survey of public opinion and public policy.
Since 1952, the primary election in a small, not very diverse New England state has had a disproportionate impact on the U.S. presidential nomination process and the ensuing general election. Although just a handful of delegates are at stake, the New Hampshire primary has become a massive media event and a reasonably reliable predictor of a campaign’s ultimate success or failure.