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How Much the New Hampshire Primary Mattered in Every Election

1996 New Hampshire Democratic primary

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Bill Clinton
> Share of votes: 84.4% (76,797)

President Bill Clinton ran virtually unopposed in 1996. He would go on to win the nomination and become the first Democrat to be re-elected to a second term since Franklin Roosevelt in 1936.

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Patrick J. Buchanan
> Share of votes: 3.7% (3,347)

New Hampshire voters are known for their independent streak, and some voters crossed over to vote for far-right Republican candidate Pat Buchanan in the Democratic primary in 1996, and he finished second to President Bill Clinton.

2000 New Hampshire Democratic primary

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Al Gore
> Share of votes: 49.7% (76,897)

Vice President Al Gore was considered a shoo-in to win the Democratic Party nomination in 2000, but he received a challenge from the left from former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley. Gore would win every primary and caucus during the 2000 campaign, though New Hampshire would be the closest, with Gore winning by about 4 points. Gore would get the nomination but lose the election to Gov. George W. Bush in one of the tightest elections in American history.

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Bill Bradley
> Share of votes: 45.6% (70,502)

Former New Jersey senator and basketball star Bill Bradley challenged Al Gore for the Democratic Party nomination in 2000. He lost every primary, including the New Hampshire contest, and dropped out in March.

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