Five big moments in New Hampshire primary history

The Granite State's first-in-the nation primary has been a launching pad for many a presidential hopeful – but not always. The following are among the most interesting outcomes.

Sources: Political Research Quarterly,, New Hampshire Almanac

Nicole Hill / The Christian Science Monitor / File
Two voters casting ballots in a New Hampshire polling station on Presidential Primary Day, January 8, 2008.

Supreme commander

1952: Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, still in Europe commanding NATO, wins as a write-in candidate, having never campaigned there (or anywhere). He beats Sen. Robert Taft (R) of Ohio and then wins the presidency.

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