Special Report

How Much the New Hampshire Primary Mattered in Every Election

2012 New Hampshire Democratic primary

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Barack Obama
> Share of votes: 80.9% (49,080)

President Barack Obama ran almost unopposed in securing the Democratic Party nomination. He was re-elected president of the United States by defeating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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Ron Paul
> Share of votes: 3.8% (2,289)

President Barack Obama faced little opposition in his bid for re-election in 2012, and Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas, received the second-most votes as some Democratic voters crossed over to vote for the Republican.

2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary

Bernie Sanders
> Share of votes: 60.1% (152,193)

Bernie Sanders, the long-serving senator from Vermont and self-styled Democratic Socialist, used momentum from his surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa caucuses to resoundingly beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Sanders would win 23 primaries and caucuses in 2016 before conceding defeat in June.

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Hillary Clinton
> Share of votes: 37.7% (95,355)

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton made another attempt at becoming the first woman to be elected president. She faced a strong challenge from far-left leaning Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, who won the New Hampshire primary easily. Sanders would prove that his victory was no fluke, winning 23 contests. Clinton won the most populous states and the nomination.

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