The Iowa caucuses concluded last week amidst controversy that the election results were being rigged. This time around, New Hampshire will conduct its primary election and both the Democratic and Republican parties will hold caucuses. We've outlined all you need to know about the upcoming election, and why the New Hampshire Primary is important given that it has gotten the public’s attention.

What is the New Hampshire Primary?

The New Hampshire Primary is a nationwide party primary elections and the second primary election for the year. The election helps to decide who wins the Republican and Democratic nomination in the state.

You can think of it as a way for the state to unite and select the candidate they think is most ideal to represent them in the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Also, the New Hampshire primary is a semi-closed primary. Here, the state awards 33 delegates, and among this, 24 are pledged delegates who are allocated based on results from the primary.

When is the New Hampshire Primary?

The New Hampshire primary has been slated for February 11, 2020. Accordingly, there are only two days until the state in northern New England conducts its election. The next primary election is the 2020 Nevada Democratic caucuses, and it will be held on February 22, 2020.

Who Can Vote in the New Hampshire Primary?

To vote in any of the state primaries in the U.S., you must be at least 18 years and a United States citizen. In line with that, if you reside in the U.S. you are allowed to register immediately to vote.

Who are the New Hampshire Primary Candidates?

For the Democratic Party, the candidates are:

  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Joe Biden
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Andrew Yang
  • Deval Patrick
  • John Delaney
  • Michael Bennet
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Tom Steyer
  • Tulsi Gabbard

For the Republican Party, the candidates are:

  • Donald Trump
  • Bill Weld
  • Joe Walsh (Withdrew on February 7, 2020, after losing to Trump in Iowa caucuses)

Why is the New Hampshire Primary so Important?

New Hampshire offers four electoral votes in the presidential election. Also, the New Hampshire Primary is important for a number of reasons. For starters, it is often considered as the first, since the state has consistently protected its status as "first in the nation." In this case, it allows New Hampshire's top elections officials to move the date of its election earlier if any other state tries to overtake.

Over and above that, the New Hampshire primary is riddled with historic events where candidates suddenly quit after losing. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman abandoned his campaign for a second term after losing to Senator Estes Kefauver. Similarly, President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 had a 49 per cent victory over Senator Eugene McCarthy. Johnson also withdrew from the contest after the loss.

Accordingly, winners in the New Hampshire primaries are often more confident that they can make a win in the final elections.

Who Won the New Hampshire Primary in 2016?

Donald Trump emerged as the winner of the 2016 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton at the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.

Controversy Over Iowa's Causes

On February 3, 2020, Iowa conducted its primary election to nominate a member of the Democratic and Republican parties. Nonetheless, the end of the election was more dramatic than its start. First off, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Iowa revealed that there was inconsistency in results, and as such, it needs more time to verify votes.

However, the world and social media were having none of it given that news began to circulate that it is the DNC's ploy to rig the elections. Specifically, it was targeted against Bernie Sanders, one of the presidential candidates for the U.S. 2020 elections, Despite this, Sanders came in second after Pete Buttigieg with less than 0.1% votes. What's more, Donald Trump won in the Republican party.

On the other hand, Iowa caucuses are the first major contest of the United States presidential primary season, it held a lot of significance. However, the results of the election do not determine who will emerge as the next U.S. president But then, it gave us a slight peek at how the candidates will perform in other primaries.