The first presidential preference primary in the United States during this election year got underway Tuesday (10 March) in New Hampshire (northeastern U.
The first presidential preference primary in the United States during this election year got underway Tuesday (10 March) in New Hampshire (northeastern U.S.A.). An unexpected and heavy snowstorm slowed the voting and threatened to cut down the turn-out.
The ballots facing the New Hampshire voters are confusing. In the presidential preference section of the Republican ballot appear the names of Senator Barry Goldwater, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Harold E. Stassen and Norman LePage, a New Hampshire accountant. In addition there is a write-in support to Henry Cabot Lodge, the U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam and to Richard Nixon, former U.S. Vice President.
Democratic voters are expected for Vice President and the name of Lyndon Johnson for President.
In addition to expressing their presidential preferences, voters in each party must choose delegates of the presidential nominating conventions and express themselves on a number of local issues.
The results will be eagerly awaited for what they show about the relative vote-getting strength of the various candidates. Rockefeller and Goldwater have campaigned vigorously in the state. The others on the Republican ballot have also campaigned, but much less extensively. Some observers feel that the results will amount to a virtual deadlock between Rockefeller and Goldwater with the others receiving lesser totals.
The write-in campaign for Lodge and Nixon will also be studied with great interest. Both men have been mentioned as possible Republican presidential choices, but neither one has declared his candidacy.
Very early and scattered reports from as small towns and precincts showed no significant trends.